We all stood frozen as he spoke:
“Oh, I see,” he said. “You think people just get sick randomly.”
One-by-one, our college choir conductor pointed his baton at six gaping holes in his ensemble. As he jabbed it toward the gaps, he spoke:
“I know who was awake at three in the morning. I know who is eating lousy food. I know who is choosing to live in a sloppy environment. I know who has bad influences around them. I know whose mother still treats them like a baby.”
And then he said this:
“When you signed up to this group, you made a commitment to be here. That means every choice you make outside this room should set you up TO BE HERE.”
Here is what doesn’t matter in work and life: talent.
Here is what does matter: dependability, integrity, delivery.
Want your boss to give you more leeway? Do what you say you are going to do. Do it with the +1 Rule. Do it earlier than expected. Then, help other people do what they said they were going to do.
If you don’t deliver, nothing else matters. Afterwards, try these things: