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Handshake return

Should Commitment And The Handshake Return?

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Trusting relationships are often cited as the path for mutual success. In a World of hustle and bustle, everything digital, and artificial intelligence should the handshake return?

Many people strive to become trusted by fitting in, finding agreement, and playing the right kind of politics. It is a surface trust, a trust that often ends in a letdown, and one that only matters if both parties have a need.

In highly political workplace currents people strive not to stand out, they hunker down, and don’t bring any unnecessary attention to themselves.

Doing the opposite may threaten the status quo, upset organized labor, and get you shunned from the group. The underground consensus is, get along with the crowd to get ahead.

Commitment is Risk

Trouble often develops because the mutual need doesn’t last. The handshake is missing. What is good in the moment may not be good for the rest of the day.

Colleagues let colleagues down, they drop balls, don’t pick up their toys, and they kick down castles in the sand.

Clients and vendors are for purpose only. Win at all costs, cut everything until you win, keep winning.

Trust is about a promise, so is a handshake. When we trust, promises are kept, commitments are honored, and people do what they say.

Often our clutter is because the handshake is missing. More email messages to confirm, more phone calls to ensure its real, more anxiety because no one knows for sure.

Handshake Return

Should the handshake return? Should everyone be more committed to doing what they say and saying what they’ll do?

Making a promise you’ll keep is risky. Something better may come along. A better deal, a new opportunity, a cause for your promise to be broken.

When winning at all costs is what matters the most, the handshake feels like it carries too much risk. The extra effort and commitment required make it easier to skip or be forgotten.

Bring back the handshake.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a five-time author and some of his work includes, #CustServ The Customer Service Culture, and Forgotten RespectNavigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Your True Potential, No Regrets

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What is your true potential? People sometimes carry talents and skills that are taken for granted by others. Perhaps sometimes even taken for granted within their own mind.

I had the great pleasure of discovering a talent that blew me away recently. Joe Everson, a man who can sing and paint on canvas at the same time and in front of thousands of people. If you are in doubt his fantastic talent, you can see him here.

Watching his performance had me wondering. What untapped talent do people carry with them and what can they learn when they decide that they truly want more?

Workplaces and Everywhere

I see it often in the workforce circles that I travel. I meet with workplace leaders who describe for me unmet goals, deficiencies, and missed opportunities. It comes out with coaching clients who might struggle with seeing next turns or how to unveil their own potential that feels locked up inside.

From my experiences, there is one thing and one thing alone that makes the difference for those who achieve and those who do not. That one thing is desire. Desire leads to commitment. Commitment leads to perseverance, and ultimately to success.

Many people talk about change. They discuss roadblocks, failed attempts, and sometimes find circumstances or situations that will accept blame for shortcomings. Any of those or all of them are only an excuse when they stop you.

For those who are committed and have the desire to change those challenges might signal the edge. The edge of the end of what they want to leave behind and the edge of the beginning of where they are destined to be.

Your True Potential

Change might not happen in an instant, but it starts in a moment. The moment you decide.

Success for individuals, success for a team, success in life, a business or in sports happens when you have enough desire to be courageously committed.

Have you ever wondered about your true potential?

We might regret what we never try.

No regrets.

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Are There Any Silver Bullets?

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Society seems convinced that there is an easy path. Many people believe in the lottery approach, the short cut, and silver bullets. Are they correct?

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It happens every day. People fill seats at seminars or spend time with a coach hoping that magically right before their eyes the silver bullets will appear.

The harsh reality for many is the day they discover that for most problems, especially big ones, silver bullets don’t just appear. They are created.

Don’t get me wrong, people leading seminars or a professional coach can provide you with tremendous value and save you years of wasted time and effort. Converting any of that, or all of it into a problem solved or new found success will require more. It will require a commitment, a lot of effort, and the tenacity to achieve.

Expectations

Expectations created from stories of the magic of the universe, or the lucky chance of meeting the right person at the right time, and the appearance that it all happened overnight might lead to disappointment.

The real story is that those things happen for those who work for them.

Dump the jigsaw puzzle on the table and the pieces are there, but you still have to place them together. Once completed some might suggest that’s the magic of the universe, others recognize someone worked to put them together.

Work hard to meet new people, be active and engaged, and always look for new opportunities. Some might suggest this is your lucky chance, others recognize that you created your own luck.

Day after day, putting in a consistent effort, analyzing, regrouping, learning, adapting, and working hard will create something. One day you’ll get up, look back, and realize that overnight you’ve made a lot of things happen.

Absolutely you have to have the right attitude, you have to be positive and confident, and you need to not waste time on things that don’t matter or don’t work. That includes tools, processes, and people.

Silver Bullets

You can find the silver bullets as soon as you realize that the Wizard of Oz is a myth, along with flying monkeys, and get-rich-quick schemes.

Arm yourself with knowledge, take calculated risks, and accept failures and success. Be sure you learn from both.

Most importantly work hard at it across time.

Those are the silver bullets.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Leadership By Choice, Making The Decision To Lead

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Leadership by choice, have you made the decision?

You’ll always find that there is much to be said about leadership. There are methods, models and best practices, but people seldom pause long enough to recognize that leadership only happens when someone decides.

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Recently I wrote about why leadership matters and contained in that article were 25 questions each touching a factor relevant for leadership success. The truth is it could have been 50 questions, or more. One question that is seldom addressed is, “Have you made the choice to lead?”

Anytime we seek change, whether it is a personal, professional, or some combination of the two, it will only happen when we decide. Sometimes people believe that they want to change, but they aren’t hungry enough to see it through.

Making the decision to lead isn’t always the same as making the commitment. First you have to make the conscious choice, and then you have to be hungry enough to continue the pursuit.

Leadership by Choice

When you believe you’re ready to make the choice and commitment you might want to ask yourself a few important questions.

  1. Why do you want to lead? Can you answer this question? If not, you can make the choice, but the commitment might be lacking. Understanding why you want to lead will guide the answers to the questions you’ll ask when you think it might be time to quit.
  2. What is the purpose? What are you leading and why is it important? Wilderness survival is based on need, but many business cases for creating purpose aren’t that simple. People will work hard for a purpose that they believe in, you’ll need purpose.
  3. Why should people follow? Clarity in purpose and direction will help inspire a following, but also critical will be the credibility, dependability, and reliability of believing the pursuit is worthwhile and achievable. Followers believe.

Success in leadership is leadership by choice. Someone making the decision for you will most likely not create the desire for success that is necessary to endure the journey.

Have you decided? Is it your time to lead?

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is a four-time author and some of his work includes, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce and Pivot and Accelerate, The Next Move Is Yours! Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Commitment To Lead

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Everyone knows that workplace leaders should be good role models. After all, you probably aren’t leading unless you can represent the appropriate model of culture, high performance, and excellence that you would expect from anyone on the team. Are you committed to leading?

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A commitment to taking the lead sounds like the right thing, and we often verbally acknowledge our intent to be committed as a leader but sticking to this commitment while facing chronic interruptions, having a feeling of a lack of time, and even experiencing confusion over the right priorities can keep us from being truly effective. What we can do, what we try to do, or what we simply won’t do, often gets lost in some nebulous reality as days pass by and our schedules (and accomplishments) only become more cluttered.

The good news is we have an opportunity to take the lead, role model high performance, and create a culture of progression by being committed to yes. The question then becomes, will you?

Let’s face it, it takes courage and strength to actually commit, and commitment isn’t just a verbal acknowledgement. If you’re committed you will never confuse the idea of can, try, or won’t. Two of those options will leave you and everyone else off the hook; one will get the job done.

Yes, you can do it.

– DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker, and coach that specializes in helping businesses and individuals accelerate their leadership, their team, and their success. He is the author of the newly released book, Forgotten Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at DennisEGilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Overcommitted, Undervalued

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What many people really want is a commitment. What they expect is what you promised. When you try to express your value by showing your overwhelming commitment the best thing that can happen is that you prove your worth, the sometimes thing to happen is you prove you were overcommitted. The result of over-commitment is that you may be undervalued.

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The overcommitted administrative assistant, supervisor, or emerging executive doesn’t show value, they show incompetence. Ouch! At least, that may be the perception held by others, since their expectation was not met.

Overcommitted

An overflowing bucket lacks value; the perception is that a bigger bucket is necessary. A bucket half full lacks value, it is not being utilized or has too much waste, and an empty bucket is likely the worst of all. A bucket filled just right, the one carrying the most without any waste, not too big, not too small, and delivering exactly as promised is the most valued bucket of all.

Undervalued

Commit to doing too much while accomplishing less and you are undervalued.

Commit just right.

– DEG


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