Category Archives: Keeping Agreements

24 Feb

Keeping Agreements – What Best to do When you Don’t

We have covered a number of points in this blog series. We have noted the importance of keeping agreements; that the more you keep them, the more you will stand out to other people and the more you will get what you want. We have noted the importance for trust-building to recognize when you have

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09 Feb

Keeping Agreements With Yourself

In this blog post I want to make a distinction about agreements. Often when I talk about making and keeping agreements, most people assume I am talking about agreements with other people. And I am. But there is another category of agreement that is equally powerful to look at and that is the agreements that

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02 Feb

What Happens When You Keep Your Agreements?

What is going to change when you start keeping your agreements on a regular basis? We have been talking over the last couple months about making and keeping agreements.  If you have not seen all the posts, here is the first one:  http://www.mclarencoaching.com/set-yourself-apart/ You can scroll through to see all the posts in this series.

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23 Jan

On Making and Keeping Promises

Quotes That Make the Point In the midst of our blog series on making and keeping promises, here are historical quotes that speak to our point: “Those that are most slow in making a promise are the most faithful in the performance of it.” ~Jean Jacques Rousseau “The best way to keep one’s word is

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18 Jan

Step 2 – How to Keep Your Agreements

This may seem a odd “how to” blog, but many people do not keep agreements. In step 1, we invited you to become aware of what you are saying and doing that may be construed as an agreement. In a prior blog, we talked about the prices you pay for breaking your agreements – mostly

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28 Dec

Do Not Underestimate the Power of Agreements

“All broken relationships can be traced back to broken agreements.”  — Stephen Covey As a coach, I once had the opportunity to attend a training that was put on by a school. It was a special type of school. It was a school of last resort – a school where parents who were afraid that

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14 Dec

Keeping Agreements – Step 1 – Have you Made an Agreement?

Step one to keeping agreements is knowing when you are making them. What is an agreement? This is an odd topic for some people. I believe the question to be one of trust and communication. In other words, if the other person thinks you have made an agreement with them and you break it, your

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07 Dec

Keeping Agreements: See Yourself Differently

The purpose of this blog is to give you a foundational step before I go into the HOWs of making and keeping agreements. This foundational step suggests that, as a preliminary matter, you change how you are seeing yourself. One of the best ways to do this is, listen to how you talk about yourself.

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28 Nov

Keeping Agreements – Why Should You?

On October 24, I wrote my first blog post on keeping agreements. (http://www.mclarencoaching.com/set-yourself-apart/) I promised you a series. It may be implied that I promised to start writing that series right away and I did not. The homework was, “…find out where you are. Try this. From now until our blog next week, keep track

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24 Oct

Set Yourself Apart

I am a firm believer that there is one thing you can do in your business (and your personal life) which will set you apart from the vast majority of people. And that is — keep your agreements. When I say this, I usually get one of two basic reactions: 1. “I always keep my agreements”; or

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28 Oct

The Art of the Promise

In my coaching practice, one of the most frequent things I hear is “I didn’t do that thing I said I would do.” I hear this in response to my inquiries about action steps my clients have promised, and in stories about situations at work. If you were to keep a log of every promise

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29 Mar

What Successful People Do

Do you want to be successful? Of course you do. Today I am going to share with you an important quality that successful people have in common. If you do not have the success you want, this will be invaluable in moving you that direction.  It’s not always an easy quality, but it is imperative.

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17 Oct

What do I do When They Don’t Keep Their Agreements?

I posted a blog a couple days ago on making clear agreements.  I laid out the following 3 elements for an agreement: 1.  When we are in a meeting with several people (or even 2), ask specifically “who will do this?” and wait for a response.  If no response, then state clearly, “No one has

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13 Oct

3 Steps for Making Clear Agreements

Making and Keeping Agreements How do we move forward in business?  There are so many elements, but one indispensable element of forward-movement is making and keeping agreements.  If you think about it, the only reason we ever make agreements is to move forward: “I will get it to you by Friday.” “I will be at

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03 Feb

Trust-Building Behavior #6 – Deliver Results

Trust-Building Behavior #6 – Deliver Results One of the most valuable things my first coach and mentor taught me is that in assessing where we are, we must look honestly at our results.  We have a tendency to focus on everything but our results.  We look at what we meant to do (called by some

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