I wouldn’t say that I am avoiding commitment, but I wouldn’t say that I’m not! It’s new year and the news has been full of naysayers suggesting new gym or diet practices are bound to be short lived. Well for what it’s worth, I rather like the idea of new year new starts. I joined a gym several years ago on a New Years resolution and have never regretted it. Yes there has been months where I’ve not made it as often as I would like, but that’s life. Without doubt I am today physically fitter than I was 10 years ago, so you see, New Years resolutions don’t have to be doomed to failure.
I rather like the idea of commitment. I guess I must hold in high regard, a kind of personal value if you like. If I commit to something I am more likely to stick with it, even when my motivation levels have ducked somewhat. Motivation might leave me in bed, but a commitment still gets me up and out to the gym when I DON’T FEEL LIKE IT!
For managers it’s really worth working out how you create committed team members. It transcends motivation every time. Real commitment often comes when we truly understand what we are committing too. So make it clear for everyone. Highlight what’s expected of them, spell out the implications of getting involved, ways of working, behaviours as well as tasks and activities.
A committed team will be a loyal team, a bunch of people that will go above and beyond because they feel ownership for whatever it is they are doing.