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Vail Valley Voices: Deliver on your promises

John Horan-Kates
Vail, CO Colorado

Editor’s note: This is an excerpt from John Horan-Kates’ book “The Keys of Leading.” Horan-Kates is the executive director of the Vail Leadership Institute. The questions are intended to be answered in journal form.

“Let your yes be yes, and your no, no.”

– James 5:12

James was the practical apostle – his writing was very useful. Our legal profession today would say this isn’t enough because life is not that simple. Or maybe it is and we’ve just complicated things a little too much.

Is it possible for leaders to lead this way today? In reality, we need agreements, if for nothing more than to spell out the details. But in most of your day-to-day dealings with others, you can deliver on your promises without writing it down. You really can let your yes be yes, assuming of course, that’s how you deliver on your promises. You can’t control what the other guy does, but people will see how you honor your commitments and they will know you can be counted on. If more leaders made this their modus operandi, what could business be like?

How many times will you break your promise before people stop trusting you?

What one thing will you do today about these thoughts ?

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