Which would you rather have -- a promise, or a plan?
I love promises. When some people make a promise to me I know that it is as good as done. They are reliable, trustworthy, hard-working creative people who keep their promises.
I'll take a promise from them any day.
Promises can be problematic sometimes, though. Some people are not so skilled or willing to keep their promises. They may make a promise to move forward in the conversation (possibly because the conversation is deep enough to cause some discomfort) and yet have no intention of keeping that promise. That's not helpful. That's not what centered leaders are looking for. That's not how centered problem solvers operate.
Promises are great and I'm also interested in the plan. What exactly are they promising to do and when will they do it? What's the plan?
Picking a promise over a plan is a risky way to solve a problem.
Problems respond better to the actions completed in a careful and thorough plan.
So, thanks for the promise and now I'm curious -- what's your plan?
-- Douglas Brent Smith