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Levels of Commitment

Levels of Commitment

Main Takeaways
Commitments are the fundaments of all collaboration. You are not alone in a certain task, challenge or endeavour if I commit myself to support, to assist, or to help you. If I refuse or withdraw my commitment you are maybe lost.
Giving and accepting commitment creates trust. I rely on your promise to be on a certain day for a certain time to support me. If you can't do this or do not show up I am disappointed. You are for me not a trustworthy person any longer. And all of a sudden commitment gets an ethical touch. Commitment is an act, not a word. - Jean-Paul Sartre.

Implications of Making Commitments

Commitments are the fundaments of all collaboration. You are not alone in a certain task, challenge or endeavour if I commit myself to support, to assist, or to help you. If I refuse or withdraw my commitment you are maybe lost.

Giving and accepting commitment creates trust. I rely on your promise to be on a certain day for a certain time to support me. If you can't do this or do not show up I am disappointed. You are for me not a trustworthy person any longer. And all of a sudden commitment gets an ethical touch.

Commitment is an act, not  a word.

Jean-Paul Sartre

Commitment is what transforms a promise into reality.

Abraham Lincoln

In case of business and profession commitment addresses easily fairness, quality, honesty, team spirit, and success.

The Core Commitments

The Core – Non-Negativity, Freedom/Autonomy, Pretending – founds eleven Core Commitments. And the eleven Core Commitments establish the Core Protocol Stack consisting of eleven Core Protocols. Some of the Core Commitments can be split into more granular details. (For more details about Core Commitments see here.)

  1. „I commit to engage when present.” – This is the most crucial, most important and most difficultly realisable commitment. In easy words: If you show up be fully engaged. No side work or preparing other stuff in parallel. Either you are 100% in or you should leave –  Check-Out (Right to Pass): Show your teammate the respect she deserves: "I'm 100% with you  - I'll support our goal/team" or "Sorry, don't count on me".

To know and disclose what I want, what I think, and what I feel. – To always seek effective help. – To decline to offer and refuse to accept incoherent emotional transmissions. – When I have or hear a better idea than the currently prevailing idea, I will immediately either propose it for decisive acceptance or rejection and/or explicitly seek its improvement. – I will personally support the best idea regardless of its source.

  1. „I will seek to perceive more than I seek to be perceived.” – I ensure you I'll support you even I won't get out of it as much as you. – A very altruistic momentum.
  2. „I will use teams, especially when undertaking difficult tasks.” – I rely on teamwork and cross-functional collaboration, not on heroic firefighting.
  3. „I will speak always and only when I believe it will improve the general results/effort ratio.” – I shut up if I can't/won't contribute value. – This is VERY, VEry, very difficult for alpha egomaniacs.
  4. „I will offer and accept only rational, results-oriented behavior and communication.” – I ensure you, I'll keep personal emotions and animosities aside.
  5. „I will disengage from less productive situations.” – 

 When I cannot keep these commitments.  – When it is more important that I engage elsewhere.

  1. „I will do now what must be done eventually and can effectively be done now.” – I ensure you to take the needed actions immediately.
  2. „I will seek to move forward toward a particular goal, by biasing my behavior toward action.” – To reach the goal I'll focus on actions/activities.
  3. „I will use the Core Protocols (or better) when applicable.”– For me, the Core Protocols are a valuable instrument. To use it properly I'll use the Protocol Check protocol as often as needed.

I will offer and accept timely and proper use of the Protocol Check protocol without prejudice.

  1. „I will neither harm—nor tolerate the harming of—anyone for his or her fidelity to these commitments.” – This is for me a reminder that yes I am committed to these protocols, and also others.
  2. „I will never do anything dumb on purpose.” – It's actually a lot harder as it seems. It's in sync with behaving rational, and unfortunately, in the corporate world, not everybody behaves rationally.

Further Readings

Books, Blogs

  • Jim, Michele McCarthy: The Core Protocols. HTML, PDF, book (Amazon)
  • Richard Kasperowski: The Core Protocols. A Guide to Greatness. Amazon 2015.
  • Paul Sobocinski: Core Protocols and Mindfulness Part 1, Part 2, via Medium.com, 2016
  • Mu Qiao: Core Protocols: magic behind making good decisions quick, via Medium.com, 2017.
  • Hannes Horn: An approach to build great (agile) teams, via Medium.org, 2016.

Communities

Presentations, Videos

  • _Scrum Pulse Webinar: Ralph Jocham, The Core Protocols. Youtube, 2016.
  • Peter Antman: Core Protocols. A workshop. Slideshare, 2016.
  • Yves Hanoulle: The Core Protocols Zen. Slideshare, 2009.

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