Improved Commitment

Improved Commitment

"...the basic philosophy, spirit, and drive of an organisation have far more to do with its relative achievements than do technological or economic resources, organisational structure, innovation, and timing. All these things weigh heavily in success. But they are, I think, transcended by how strongly the people in the organisation believe in its basic precepts and how faithfully they carry them out."

Thomas J. Watson, Jr.
‘A Business and its Beliefs - The ideas that helped build IBM’

Commitment is most difficult and most readily proven during tough times. How someone weathers the storms most clearly demonstrates their basic beliefs.

In ancient times, Epicurus stated: "...a captain earns his reputation during the storms." When competition scores big against you, when the coffers dries up, or when the glamour of success wears off, this is when it is easiest to compromise commitments. The real test comes when you can hold the line against the easy route of compromise. Fortunately, paying the price that commitment commands, has payoffs worth the cost - a reputation for integrity and, even more important, the commitment of others in return.