Involvement versus Commitment

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I will never forget the story I was told many years ago about the difference between involvement and commitment. A friend, who always shared great stories and jokes with me, asked me if I knew the difference between these two words. I assumed this was one of his typical good jokes but it turned out to be something much more meaningful and visible in my mind to the point that I never forgot it. After admitting that I surely did not know the difference to the extent that I was sure he would share with me. He stated that you simply have to look no further than your breakfast meal to clearly see the difference. I said, “how is that?” He said, “well when you see the eggs you know the chicken was involved but when you see the bacon you know the pig was committed!”

In my last blog, I wrote that the toughest task facing the new CEO of the troubled business would be that of being a real “involved” leader who understands that everything done on the human front has a direct impact on the business front. While I do believe that with all my heart, the “commitment “ of any involved leader will be measured by the ability to vision , the passion for the vision and the discipline to drive to that vision despite the obstacles that will always arise. Any successful leader will have to set the example and own the commitment every day to lead the organization/division/ business relentlessly to the vision with a passion and discipline that makes that vision for greatness a reality and that is where involved becomes committed in the leadership world. In the next few blogs, I will talk about vision, passion and discipline for committed leadership as I hope you all realize this is where it starts with your commitment!


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