I have been working with the team of a fast growing So Cal company for a long time. Fast growing companies have so many moles they have to whack, but creating a culture that people can align around is one of the most important things. Recently, I had them read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. Be Impeccable with your word is the first agreement.
I love and am challenged by the word “impeccable.” From the Latin, it means to be without sin. There is both an intentionality and result tied together to get to impeccability. Starting with the intention of committing to do what you promise. Do not say something you do not mean. Do not compromise with your words. Do not create ambiguity or half measures. I see it as meaning do not gossip, or speak poorly or casually about others.
Then there is the result side of the agreement. If you are impeccable with your word, you won’t commit to things you cannot do. You will plan better, keep others in the loop, and ask for help if you need it to get work accomplished on time. If you can’t make a commitment you will tell someone as soon as you realize you are in trouble.
To use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love. I really want to live in a world like that!
Photo of sashimi by Paul Dye at Providence Restaurant, Los Angeles.
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