How to Build Commitment
Being able to build commitment, among your team, your board, your stakeholders, is a critical skill. Let’s review signs when your approach to building commitment may need a second look:
- You need your team, board, or stakeholder group to take ownership of a task, but you don’t invest the time to fully engage them, and they drop the ball.
- Conversely, you spend way too much time engaging with helpers, when you really just need to tell them what needs to be done, and to do it.
- You need to persuade key helpers, but you don’t invest the time to craft compelling arguments, and your effort falls flat.
- You want your helpers to take charge, but you want to stay involved in a time-efficient way, to make sure it gets done right.
Having these experiences means that you may not be properly matching your level of commitment-building effort to the needs of the situation. So, how do you find the right fit? Here are our Top 5 Ways to Recognize a Commitment-Building Opportunity:
- Any time you must charter an individual or team to demonstrate the highest levels of commitment to accomplish a task
- Any time you need to persuade an individual or team to take on a task and do it in a certain way
- Any time you need to charter an individual or team to commit to a task, while giving you the opportunity to give input in a time-efficient way
- Any time a directive needs to be given, quickly and efficiently
- Whenever you want to reflect on your commitment-building skills
Honing your ability to build commitment means being smart and strategic. Here’s how it pays off:
- You invest time and effort where it makes a difference, and not where it is wasted.
- You set boundaries to more effectively channel your time and energy.
- You assert your authority, and save your time, where doing so is appropriate, and appreciated.
- You build a track record of being persuasive by always being prepared when your best strategy is to convince others.
Learn a simple yet powerful tool for building commitment here.