Commitment vs. Compliance

“Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes … but no plans.”

~ Peter Drucker

Commitment vs. Compliance

By Steve Straus

Are you free to be committed to something or are you merely in compliance with the rules?

Are the people who are following you doing so because they are committed to you and the vision you express or because they are in compliance with your demands?

It’s hard to tell when viewed from the outside. Commitment and compliance are internal experiences.

Commitment draws you forward. There is a desire for an outcome. The energy is towards something.

Compliance is penalty based. It’s about avoiding punishment, thus it has an away-from energy to it.

The old line is, “If you don’t go All In, you won’t go all out.”

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