a recent exchange with a partner group, we were discussing how to hold
for goals that were being set by each individual -
outside of their compensation model. The
word that leapt into my mind was commitment.
The word commit comes from the Latin word committere
, which means to connect, entrust. As leaders in the firm, we make commitments
every day to our clients, our partners and our staff. It might be a good practice to think deeply
about what those commitments are and ensure that you are not taking them too
lightly. Each commitment is important
and defines what and who is important to you.
The demonstration of commitments is a reflection of your character and
more about you in action than in the words themselves.
the following concepts as you reflect on the commitments that you make in your
is connection: Consider the
connection between the goals that you set during strategic planning and the
accomplishment of those goals. The connection
between the meeting date you established with your mentee and showing up on
time and prepared to have a coaching conversation. The connection between the signing of the
partnership agreement and your active participation in the monthly partnership
meetings. Commitment is the connection
between our values, intentions and our actions. The connections we make
generate our commitments, just as our commitments generate more profound
Passion: This is
the foundation of commitment! Passion
is what some call the burning desire within us - the fire that motivates us to
set and make progress in our life goals. When passion is missing, our actions
lack meaning and we don't get the results we want. Without passion, our actions
are meaningless and flat. Commitment is built from the passions in our
lives. Think about your 2012 firm and
personal goals, do they come from deep within - your passions?
Commitment = persistence: Commitment
= persistence. If there is true commitment, the support for the
goals is uncompromising and unending. The people who set true commitments are
willing to put their time, talent and dollars in the support of that
commitment. Commitment drives us and
anchors us during challenging times. Think about our recent economic
challenges, did your commitment to your firm anchor you and sustain you? Commitment helps us to maintain our
integrity; we persist to that which we're committed. Many in our industry have experienced this
commitment in the past few years, and it has served them well.
is conscious: Commitments should not be made lightly. They require insight and self-awareness,
meaning that you must know what your firm’s values and ideals are in order to
commit to them! Do you know someone in your firm who is a conscientious and
productive worker but who's not happy? Such a person frequently lacks insight
and self-awareness. Commitment is
difficult for an individual or firm if there is no awareness of what is most
important. Commitment requires an
ability to observe, strategize and make conscious decisions.
is purposeful: Commitment involves choice - saying yes to our values
and to our passions! Commitment is never haphazard or random. While we may lose
our perspective from time to time, commitment always involves choice and intent.
Commitment enables us to be purposeful. Great
leaders in the firms we serve are purposeful in their pursuit of client service
excellence, growth of their team’s talent and increase in firm profits.
is self-expression: Self-expression is the culmination of who
we are and how we're being. When there's perfect alignment and congruency
between who we are and how we're being, we are authentic and fully
self-expressed. This is wonderfully fulfilling! If commitment is the ultimate
expression of our values and who we are, self-expression is a core ingredient
of commitment. Have you heard others say
they are just "in the zone” or "in their groove”? This usually is a sign of self-expression and
brings forth our commitment: Does commitment generate the envisioning
process, or does vision generate commitment? Either way, commitment and vision
are inexplicably tied together. Expand your vision while you deepen your
commitment in order to produce powerful results! I would challenge you to read through your
firm’s vision and determine if it promotes vision within your team. If it does not, it might be time for a
inspires us to be and do our best: We aim for the sky and shoot for
the stars! We refuse to accept less than the best from ourselves and others.
Our commitment inspires us to reach for quality and excellence. We continually
enlarge and clarify our vision - this contributes to us living our personal
best. This means every day, with every
client and in every project. Do you live the commitment every day?
lives in communication: Communication involves verbal and
nonverbal interaction. While commitment lives in the declaration and words,
evidence of commitment lives in the actions we take and don't take. Be
attentive for evidence of commitment in communication. Our industry has a fairly bad reputation in
the area of communication. If this is an
area of your personal development that needs some attention, now is the time!
is surrender: Commitment is the giving of ourselves to what we most
believe and want. It is the merging of our ideals and our being. We surrender
to our ideals and with commitment, live them. We create what we want when we
surrender to our commitment.
we stand behind our words, we demonstrate commitment. Commitment exists when
our actions meet the expectation of our words - when there's a congruency
between intent, words and action.