One of my favorite things to remind leaders of is, “If you want to know what you’re committed to, just look at the results.”
It is such a simple and powerful statement; it forces us to look reality square in the face, revealing things that may have been staring back at us for months and possibly years.
In other words, if you want to know what you are committed to as an organization, look at the line items on your budget. Look at where you are investing your two most valuable resources: time and money.
When a CEO tells me that they are committed to having a great culture and living their values, but there is nothing in the budget for new employee on-boarding, mentoring, coaching, and culture building within their teams, the commitment – or lack thereof – becomes apparent.
Granted, there are all types of “informal” ways that teams and companies grow a culture. However, think about how often your weekly run actually happens if you don’t block your calendar? A lack of delineation of resources for culture-building functions the same. It is hoping that something occurs based on your desire rather than from the actions you’ve taken to commit to it.
We see the same results when it comes to time. If I say that I want a great relationship with my team or my subordinate, but I am late every time for the 30 minute one-on-one scheduled, then I am actually committed to something else.
If I say that I want to be focused and in my best brain state, but I get less sleep and renewal than I know I require, then I am actually committed to something else. Again, without the actions supporting the desire, this isn’t a commitment; it is a wish.
Looking at our results tells us all that we need to know about what we are truly committed to in our work and our lives.
Where is the gap between what you say you want and what you are actually committed to creating? And what does it reveal?
What are you actually committed to?
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