Before the Christmas period I noticed numerous events where I’ve been disappointed because different people I’m working with haven’t kept their word. I’ve experienced this in many different forms – a supplier, a colleague and a new collaboration venture I’d said yes to. For me the big disappointment hasn’t been so much that certain events or agreements didn’t happen – more that that the people involved haven’t always been particularly honest about it.
It takes a higher degree of consciousness doesn’t it to remember agreements, check-in with ourselves and work in partnership with others?
I absolutely get that it takes courage to say ‘actually this isn’t going to happen or I said X and now I want to do Y’. I’ve done the same myself many times. I’ve totally avoided re-negotiating or being honest about my agreements when the context has changed for me. So I’m aware it takes a huge amount of courage to stand up and be honest, particularly when I’m fearful about what someone’s reaction might be.
I mean how do we keep in personal integrity with ourselves as leaders in the many complexities of our role and responsibilities?
And how does this play out – what does not keeping our word role model as a leader?
It strikes me there is a BIG consequence to not keeping our word as leaders – or indeed being honest about it. Brand reputation, staff de-motivation, missed sales/partnership opportunities, distrust, inequality in partnerships, resentment, teams copying our behaviour, the list goes on…
Also, isn’t there a bigger picture here? Where else are we doing this in our lives? Are we doing the same with our personal New Year Resolutions? There sure is a HUGE cost to that – some of the important things we want to do, be, create or indeed let go of.
What does it REALLY take to work in partnership with others and keep our word to ourselves?
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I’d love to hear how you get on and what you discover…be curious!