Posts Tagged ‘Character’
Chris Freytag, Experts - Thursday, December 27, 2012 9:00 - 8 Comments
Entrepreneurs are wired to be committed. If you don’t do the work, you might not have a business—or at least not a financially solvent one. Yet even the most committed among us can sometimes struggle with keeping those commitments. Even if you have the best of intentions, it’s often easier to rationalize or make excuses than to consistently keep commitments. Commitment is like a muscle in your body; if you work on it and use it regularly, you can make it stronger.
Remember commitments are a reflection of your character. No one likes being called or thought of as all talk, no action, but when you commit to something and don’t follow through, you lose credibility. Do it too many times and you are thought of as unreliable. Next time you make a commitment, consider that you are putting your character on the line. If you don’t keep your commitments, it says things about you that probably don’t align with how you see yourself. Keep your commitments and you will be a person of integrity. Everyone feels better when their words and actions match.
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One of the most defining behaviors of consistent high performers that we study such as Gary Kelly, president and CEO of Southwest Airlines, is internal drive. I know that may not surprise you, but let me tell you how critical it is. On our proprietary executive assessment tool, Gary’s self-assessment and his 360-degree assessments were above the 90th percentile, which means he is well above average on his need to accomplish tasks, to go above and beyond, and to spend his time wisely.
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