Who and What are You Committed To?

by Bob Rausch, Ph.D.

Commitment is defined as being bound emotionally and intellectually to someone or something. The greater the commitment the more focused your energy and the greater the possibility Who and What are you committed to?of success. Noel Tichy, an author and professor of management at the University of Michigan agrees that “..the best leaders, either in sports or in business, such as UCLA’s legendary basketball coach John Wooden, see themselves as teachers who guide people, not bully them. And those qualities of being teacher first and leader second apply in all walks of life.”

I believe that many times we are more committed to the “thing” we are doing than we are to the people that make the “thing” happen. Reaching the goal is the main focus, but in many organizations that focus results in neglecting the very resource that gets them there – PEOPLE! They are committed to the “something,” but not to the “some ones.” Jim Collins makes this perfectly clear in his book, Good to Great, great organizations take into consideration “who” before the “what.” Commitment does not begin with the activity to be achieved, but with the people who will achieve it. Collins found that great organizations were committed to having the “right” people in the “right” job and valuing their participation.

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