This week's challenge:

This Week, I will only commit to what I can do – and then do it, every time.

Reliability is fundamental to trust and meaningful, positive relationships. The scientific concept of reliability is the repeatability of results under similar conditions. The practical definition is “Can I trust this person to do this under these conditions?”

Being reliable at work is harder than ever for most knowledge workers – the integration of work and life, increasing expectations for output, even more input, changing conditions and context, etc. More commitments and more stress yields often less reliability, which erodes trust.

Avoiding Subservience:

Maybe the saying should go, “If you want something done, ask a reliable person to do it.” Reliable people are often asked to do more because they can be trusted to get things done.

If one of your natural strengths is reliability, make sure you balance this strength with the ability to say “no” sometimes when you need to place your own needs first (or your health, your family, your “real job”, your own passions, etc.).

In other words, be kind… but not so kind that you stop challenging assumptions and asking for clarity.

Commendable Trait: Reliable
Underused: Unreliable
Overused: Subservient
Strength: Trust
Quadrant: Humanity