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Volunteering and a Promise Kept

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Enthusiasm is a great thing. Most workplaces praise those who are enthusiastic. Are you volunteering for things you cannot deliver? Are you just hanging out or are you offering to constructively jump in and get things done?

Fresh Enthusiasm

Sometimes it is in the heat of the moment. You hear the new idea, you feel the fresh enthusiasm and you want to be an integral part of building something great. In fact, you may see it as a legacy building moment. Something you can get your good name attached to.

Being on the committee or team means you have a responsibility. Certainly some of your responsibility is to help make good decisions and drive future direction. Do you volunteer for action items that spark your interest and imagination? Are you one of the first to raise your hand, or are you the last?

Showing up at the meeting is important and being on time helps. Being the person who jumps in to offer assistance, to volunteer, or to shout out that you’ll lead is great. Are you able to keep that commitment?

Unspoken List

There is often an unspoken but lengthy list of volunteers who offered to help, expressed a deep commitment, and after a short burst of activity, they failed to keep things moving.

If you want to lose credibility, breakdown trust, and tarnish your reputation, failing to perform after you’ve promised is a fool proof method.


When you view yourself on the podium, picture yourself getting the praise, or leaving a legacy that shapes the future it seems like a good idea to raise your hand. You may even be thinking about a monetary increase or job promotion. This is the fun and easy part.

The hard part is actually making it happen. When it comes to volunteering keeping your promise is more critical than most people realize.

Did you keep your last promise?


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 Respect, Navigating A Multigenerational Workforce. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Are Keeping Workplace Commitments Enough?

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Someone asks the question, “Who can help with this project?” You’re interested, passionate about it, and recognize it as an opportunity so you go for it. Can you keep your workplace commitments?

At least once per week someone talks with me about being overcommitted. Someone else talks with me about the frustration of employees who don’t deliver on their promises. What is most surprising is that this is a huge blind spot for so many professionals.

People count on other people to deliver. They are expecting a result within a timeline. Schedules and workload are based around it. Next steps are contingent upon it. Are you delivering?


Expectations might be the problem. Remember that although this might be internal, this is likely a customer service transaction. The key to customer service is meeting or exceeding the expectations of the customer. When the expectations are higher, the performance required is greater.

Internal or external service transactions are never truly measured by you. They are measured by the expectations of the customer compared with results as determined by the customer.

So the trick really is to understand the customer expectations. Workplace professionals who understand the expectations and are appropriately committed are often able to deliver. That is how they keep their job.

Sometimes in an effort to please the boss, gain recognition, or simply out of passion for the project employees excitedly help to set the expectation too high. In other cases, they simply overcommit.

Workplace Commitments

The next time you raise your hand for the project, volunteer, or suggest that you or your team can do the work or solve the problem, be sure about the timeline. Understand the expectations and the resources required.

Keeping your workplace commitments is expected. Exceeding expectations is fantastic, you become the hero.

Failure to do either might set you back to a place you don’t want to be.

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It rhymes with hero.


Customer service is about culture. What happens internally is often a good predictor of satisfaction externally. Are you keeping your commitments? Do you work hard to deliver both internal and external customer service?

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Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and corporate trainer. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.

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Originally posted on April 11, 2017, last updated on April 4, 2018


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