Successful Companies Empower in Eight Areas

Collaboration Graphic (2015_07_30 18_46_37 UTC)I believe there are a number of areas within an organization where authentic leaders, looking to be successful, have found great benefits by investing in them. These 8 areas are a starting point for engaging the process. The key is to make sure the discussion, responses, and support are real, valued, and measurable in some way.

In this brief article, I refer to a new tool being introduced by Standard of Trust called PE-ER (Performing Excellence, Engaging Recognition) whose focus is to allow individuals, companies, clients, peers or vendors to request, accept, and monitor commitments between participating parties. Now the platform will not be available until Late Summer 2016 but this discussion is meant to provide thought to provoke ideas for change and innovation in anticipation of the release.

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What an Engaged Employee Should Look Like

Individual Coaching WorksIn previous articles, I have been focused on making and keeping commitments. I feel this is a critical component of success for every company and leader but too often we forget about what the follower’s roles are and how they impact an organization. The basis of our new PE-ER tool, coming this summer, is “Performing Excellence, Engaging Recognition” and we believe strongly that these attributes provide the basis for any organization.

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The Why’s of Commitment

PE-ER LogoSimon Sinek makes some major statements in his 2011 book, “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”, but he emphasizes the fundamental need of every human, who is striving to succeed, to know the “WHY” of what they are doing. He discusses the idea of inspiring others to do well and provide great service. This is true of everyone; leaders, employees, or contractors within your company.

It should be no surprise that this is also the basis of PE-ER, the tool that helps you unlock the “real” potential of relationship capital. The currency of the 21st century. It tracks how well you keep your commitments or promises.

No, this is not a magic pill nor is it a silver bullet that will make everyone a super commitment maker.  It is a tool that will help you see how well you and others do and provide a process that can help build the disciplines necessary to encourage success.

Will some people game the system? Of course, I am sure we will have some, but the goal is to create an environment that is built on authenticity, integrity, transparency, and trust. My belief is that those who do game it will be exposed readily.

Why should you as a professional or a company track and monitor your commitments on a regular basis? Failing to keep your commitments is often perceived as an indication that you don’t care about your dream client, your employees, your stakeholders, their time, or their desired results. This can lead to static or even declining sales, reduced profits and high turnover of employees.

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What is Commitment?

Thinking of others big picture 2014 (2015_07_30 18_46_37 UTC)Simple question, not so simple answer.  So often we treat this term very lightly with little concern for the actual outcome. In a relativistic society, we often look at commitments as being one-sided, our own personal benefits are the primary focus.

Well, I decided to take a look at this simple word:


noun – com·mit·ment  \kə-ˈmit-mənt\

Simple Definitions of commitment

: a promise to do or give something

: a promise to be loyal to someone or something

: the attitude of someone who works very hard to do or support something

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