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April 10, 2008


micro CEO

I imagine many great opportunities are lost not because of lack of committment, but rather because of failure to demonstrate the committment (verbally or otherwise). After all is said and done, we are humans who often act based on emotional impressions.
Years ago, I watched the movie "The Right Stuff" and was most impressed about the way John Glenn is portrayed to have always said, "I'm with you 100%". What a difference one can make with this wonderful vote of confidence!

(From the movie: Glenn on the phone to his wife):

"If you don't want the Vice President or the networks, or anyone else in our house, that's it!
As far as I'm concerned they are not coming in.
And I will Back you up 100%, and you tell them that!
I don't want Jonson or the others to even put a toe in our house. You tell them that Astronaut John Glenn told you to say that.


Fully agree with you. There’s no partial commitment. Thanks for the sharing.

Andrew Jone

True. Higher up one goes in organization, even more important is 110% commitment. If lieutanants or senior leaders are not fully committed to the cause, they can get thier troops killed and loose the war (fail entire project).

a guy form China

Fully agree with the statement, but the interview story make me confused. Isn't a thorough decision means David will commit more later? The second one, I call him a liar.

But as it seems you all agree with this story, I will take it as an American culture lesson: who ever asked, just say 120% commitment. You can always change later, right? I know a lot of man use this in personal relationships. Core value: free country + show business.

California Guy

Agree 100%. 100% commitment shows people that you will be there with them through the good and bad times. Commitment is the trump card when @#$% happens above and beyond what you expect.

As a direct report, I have been lucky to have managers who showed 100% commitment (even though they may have disagreed with me behind closed doors) when backing me up in front of external groups (internal/external customers and suppliers).

As a project leader, I usually feel good about providing 100% commitment in front of management for project team decisions/recommendations if the team members stand behind them with 100% commitment/passion.

As a husband and parent, it is the 100% commitment to the love of my wife and children that gives me the passion to work through the expected and the unexpected.


I am 100% committed to all of the projects I am working on

Ex Rabble-Rouser

Hmm, there is a company in the mid 80's (1986 to be precise) required a 80/120 commitment from its employees --- 80% pay, 120% effort. Can you possibly not remember the episode? Like the guy from China said, "America, free country show biz". Many BS would get one somewhere but not keep one there. Commitments need to come from not only the heart but also from sweat.

Tony Villaflor

The magic of the 100% commitment is that: a person's 100% commitment, when demonstrated or heard by the rest, has an amplifying effect to the whole. When I ask my staff of their commitment, I ask the person who would most likely say 100 or 120%. The occasion has to be rare, but meaningful. This is when the task is bigger that what the mind and body is willing to follow.


To guy from china

The issue in the example in story is not hiring for loyalty or the guy being a liar…I don’t go to interview with CEOs (or higher management) just to do fishing. Before I go for interview, I know what I would do if the job was offered to me. In the case of the story, the guy was very interested in the job, and as I see that CEO made commitment to him but the guy showed tentativeness. ifs and buts can be worked out later if one is committed or one can spend all the time in resolving ifs and buts and avoid or delay committment.

this is not just an American culture issue, all greatest commanders expected Committment before they go into any major undertaking irrespective of counntry or race.

micro CEO

Consider buying a used car from a dealer that tells you he is 99% sure it isn't a lemon.

Try proposing to a woman with a statement that you are "99.9% committed to love her more than any other woman". I'll wager she doesn't accept the proposal. :-)

Even if the reality is less than 100% love x 24/7, the committment, and yes the display of committment, is important in personal relationships. It certainly isn't a US cultural thing...from my experience, it is the same in Finland, same in Japan. Is it really so different in China?

Ex Rabble-Rouser

Ahh, let's not stretch it too far. 100% commitment means everything including one's life and soul. I won't do that for any company (don't mean I never said it, I have a BS degree your know!). What's their commitment to me? Let's also don't mix it up with the battle fields where a warrior is committed 100% including his life! I met many Japanese guys, they would commit by saying "don't worry" but never have I heard 100% (unless you ask if he is). I won't buy a used car from a salesman just because he guarantees 100%. If he really does, he won't be a used car salesman in the first place (or he is not committed to his profession/boss 100%!). To the guy from China, I say: keep your head high, if you work for an American company. It is a cultural thing, there are often more BS than not. Just follow the flow and don't forget to blow your own horn and say 110% commitment. Tell me a person who has constructively confronted Andy G and not be remembered destructively (at least somewhat), I can tell you 99 who were! I never trust 100%. Caesar did.

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