Commitments matter. When you’re part of a team inside an organization and you make a commitment to deliver on the work, you have just created not only an expectation across the team but also a dependence on yourself.
People will now depend on you to deliver on that commitment and how they work and what they do is likely going to be influenced by that commitment, especially if the person making the commitment is a senior leader.
Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work. –
But here’s the thing about commitments – while we make them as individuals, the impact is anything but that. Even though we can share the responsibility of the commitment we’ve made, we can’t give it entirely away – we still own it even if others share in helping fulfill it.
Before making a commitment, think about the risks – are you overestimating your ability, exaggerating the intended outcomes or putting undue pressure on yourself and the team?