Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Take Five & Go Walk Your Talk!

Instead of taking your dog for a walk - why not take your 'talk' for a walk?
In business and in life, there are many individuals and organizations that have seem to have forgotten the simple concept of walking the talk, or in other words - DOing what they say they are going to DO. 
Instead, we live in a daily environment of broken promises, unfulfilled statements, excuses, blaming and even outright lies. 
Let's lay out the foundation of this simple concept. 

Walking the Talk

The “talk” is what you say you are going to do.
The “walk” is what you ACTUALLY do.
People love to talk the walk.
They love to tell you what they are going to do.
However, when it comes to actually doing, there are many people that don't have the discipline or ability to walk the talk. To do what they said they would.
Whether it is an obstacle of ability, time management, relentless pursuit, or simply the ability to follow through - the lack of credibility is incredible. 
And yes, it's not always easy. We leave that for talking. Talking is easy. Doing is hard. And doing what you said you were going to do...is harder still. 
Now that we have got that across, let's aim to add solutions to the problem. 
Here are some tips to help you walk your talk:
  1. Doing Instead of Talking - There is a time for talking, and a time for doing. Make sure you know where one stops and the other begins. Doing something now, is almost always better than doing nothing.
  2. Say No – Instead of making a promise that you know you’re not going to keep, say “No” at the outset. This applies to the promises we make to ourselves, as well as others. Don’t make a promise that you know you can’t or won’t keep. In addition, don't make a promise that is (a) out of your complete control or (b) dependent on others - because you risk your ability to follow through. 
  3. Consider Your Reputation – In business (and for the most part in life), our reputation impacts future opportunity. Do people view you as reliable? Do they know and expect that you will do what you say? Your actions determine how others view you and ultimately how they ay treat you or provide to you in future scenarios or situations.
  4. Don’t Lie to Yourself – We often think the act of lying to ourselves is harmless. After all, we are not hurting anyone else. That is a shortsighted view. Your impact on yourself inevitably affects those around you. This is true at work, at home, and in your community.
  5. Broken Promises – This is lying to others. Don’t do it. Once you start, it is hard to stop. Often people, and more often companies, don’t think that others will notice their unfulfilled promises. Nothing could be further from the truth. Others may not be telling you about your broken promises but they are aware. 
  6. You can CHANGE Your Talk - Often, people feel trapped by their statements. They say one thing and then circumstances change. That is OK. You can change your “talk.” The important thing is that you have to communicate along the way with the people that are affected.
If we could give one piece of advice for the generation that is coming into the workforce today, it would be to 'walk your talk'. And although it sounds simple, few have mastered it. If you can master the art of doing what you say you are going to do, we can almost guarantee that opportunities will land on your lap more often than not.

It's like having a house party. You wouldn't invite people back if they came, took, destroyed, or caused issues. So, why would you invite them back (in work or personal settings) if they demonstrated to you that they might not be the right fit for the job? 

That said, take 5mins and go walk your talk.   

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I entirely agree!