ERE Expo: Commitments and Goals


Scott Pitasky spoke about Microsoft’s staffing department, yesterday, and one statement stuck in my craw. Microsoft employees don’t have goals. They have commitments.

Ho-lee-crap, dudes. Commitment? Like Mormons? Like a dysfunctional marriage?

  • I made a commitment to my husband when I married him in Las Vegas.
  • I made a commitment to my cats when I adopted them.
  • I made a commitment to stop eating Domino’s Pizza because they support right-wing political candidates and causes.

When I work for a company, I do a job and you pay me. When I suck, you fire me. When you suck, I quit. This isn’t rocket science.

Now my good friend, Jessica Lee, told me to stop being snarky. She wrote, “I like the positioning of commitments over goals – it ties to core values and seems less transactional.”

I understand Jessica’s perspective, but I believe that work is a transaction. Life is a transaction — and to pretend otherwise is to corrupt the employment relationship and impede productivity & innovation. How can you be an efficient and thoughtful entrepreneur when you’re worried about meeting emotional commitments to your company? Furthermore, what kinds of commitments does a company make to you? (Answer: they don’t. They pay you.)

You are not paid to commit, and you should really think about the emotional capital you invest in your job. It’s not healthy, dudes, and it’s not right.

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