February 15, 2019

The people relying


There’s not much more to pushing projects from the start line to the finish line than fulfilled commitments. When someone says they’ll put tab A into slot B, the first person on the hook for completing the task is that person. After them, the project manager. After that, the people relying on a snug fit. After that, the entire team. After that, the project itself.

Commitments matter. They have consequences, connections, dependencies, deliverables. 

Sure, things don’t always work out the way they’re supposed to. Stuff get in the way. Hurdles are higher and chasms are deeper.

Everyone gets that.

And when it happens, those same people expect to see guts being busted to bring things back on track. What they don’t expect, and shouldn’t have to tolerate, is someone negotiating on whether they committed to in the first place. Never do that.

Skippy strategy: Fulfil on commitments. Hold yourself to account.