Osama is dead. Obama could not have been happier. Suddenly, his approval ratings have jumped up and he is being viewed as a better leader, for the man stood by his promise. People love a leader who stands by his words, his promises, his commitments.


Passion is short term. Plain passion will not take you far. More than passion, it’s ‘commitment’ that makes things work. Be it a marriage, a team, a company, a country, a society, or a civilisation, it’s an individual’s commitment that makes things work. As Robert Sternberg once said: “Passion is the quickest to develop, and the quickest to fade. Intimacy develops more slowly, and commitment more gradually still.” Passion backed with commitment is the foundation of a great relationship, a great team, a great company.

Back in the 1940s, as American soldiers returned home after the World War II, there was a huge surge in demand for houses. One man’s commitment solved a near-impossible problem. Abraham Levitt perfected the art of “mass-producing houses”, something unheard of until then. Using the assembly line production technique, Levitt built all parts of the house in the factory. These could then be assembled on-site by his team of specialists ( much like the modular furniture of today). As many as 30 houses a day were being massproduced and America was able to solve its housing problem. A lot of people around the world are today wondering if this could be repeated again, for it would help a lot of countries get rid of their slums. However, what everyone is looking for is a committed businessman, someone like Levitt, who will take up the challenge and work with full commitment towards the cause of the poor.

One committed leader, a businessman who believes there is ‘fortune at the bottom of the pyramid’ and is ready to work for the poor, is all that is required and all slums of our country could be removed and our population could get a chance to live with dignity and never again would a “Slumdog Millionaire” be filmed in our country.

Like countries, great companies too have committed leaders at the top. In the book ‘The Toyota Way’, the author states that it was the top leadership’s commitment towards the customers that made the company so great. The one thing people were told to follow was – don’t generate money for yourself, but generate value for customers. Every “great” company follows this philosophy. John Scully, who was once the boss of Steve Jobs at Apple, said in an interview: “Microsoft gets it right the third time. Its philosophy is to get it out there and fix it later.” Let the product be launched, it could be improved later, is the philosophy at Microsoft. While Steve Jobs would never release a product till he was 100% sure and lived up to his commitment to the consumer of being flawless. If it’s not great, it will be thrown away, whether it’s financially viable or not, or if Wall Street likes it or not. By chance if a bad product is launched, Steve Jobs personally sets things right. When his MobileMe service got panned, within half-an-hour, Jobs berated the
group and on the spot named a new executive to run the group. He sent the message out loud & clear – nothing half-baked comes out of Apple, and people who do not get it, no matter how talented they are, have no place here. That’s commitment. That’s why it’s Apple that leads and comes out with these magical products.     Read More....

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8/8/2011 02:32:36 am

“Microsoft's philosophy is to get it out there and fix it later.” No wonder, it has achieved number one position among the Top Ten Global Software Companies. 2nd 3rd and 4th being IBM, google, HP respectively. Great companies have committed leaders at the top who knows which philosophy shall best suit their company.

8/8/2011 04:39:54 am

"nothing half-baked comes out of Apple, and people who do not get it, no matter how talented they are, have no place here. That’s commitment." Yes maa'm, that's the commitment.

8/8/2011 04:40:38 am

Passion and commitment are two and equally essential qualities of a leader. If a leader lacks in either of the two qualities, he can never become a good leader.

8/8/2011 04:42:30 am

Every philosophy has its merits and demerits. Microsoft and Apple's Steve Jobs follow two different philosophies and both are successful. So, work on best leader's philosophies and find out which one best satisfies your commitments.

8/8/2011 04:47:38 am

Yes, Obama proved that he is a man of promises and commitments

8/8/2011 04:51:06 am

9/11 attacks, and on May 1, 2011 in America was horrific. Everyone was then waiting for Obama govt.'s commitment

8/8/2011 05:06:35 am

I wonder how I didn't know about Abraham Levitt who perfected the art of “mass-producing houses” in the 1940s.

8/8/2011 05:17:56 am

So, it is possible to solve the issue of slums in our country by Abraham Levitt's art of “mass-producing houses". Someone please tell me how can I inform Indian government about it.

8/8/2011 06:50:03 am

“Microsoft's philosophy is to get it out there and fix it later.” No wonder, it has achieved number one position among the Top Ten Global Software Companies. 2nd 3rd and 4th being IBM, google, HP respectively. Great companies have committed leaders at the top who knows which philosophy shall best suit their company.

9/8/2011 02:55:44 am

I believe that in India, majority of leaders have commitments towards their duty for betterment of India and its people, but they lack in passion for it.

9/8/2011 02:58:16 am

I believe that in India, majority of leaders have commitments towards their duty for betterment of India and its people, but they lack in passion for it.

5/9/2011 05:19:05 am

well commitment and success, each of them walk hand in hand and of course without the one the other will not come.. and in simple words to say if there is no commitment then there is no real success. and whats the biggest issue is that most people have a wavering commitment like when for example when a person is going through a rough phase of life then they just most prolly will give up and quit! people do cave into peer pressure, naySayers who would have you believe what you are doing is for not.. but when you simply need to reaffirm your commitment to achieve success to which you aspire. and commitment will make you determine the level of success you achieve and a commitment has to be steadfast promise to your self that under no condition u are prepared to fail, it has to be unwavering!

5/9/2011 05:27:20 am

Commitment ignites action. To commit is to pledge yourself to a certain purpose or line of conduct. It also means practicing your beliefs consistently.
There are, therefore, two fundamental conditions for commitment. The first is having a sound set of beliefs. There is an old saying that goes, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything." The second is faithful adherence to those beliefs with your behavior. Possibly the best description of commitment is "persistence with a purpose.

5/9/2011 05:29:01 am

Remember: God values deep, long-term faith more than fleeting passion. He knows that the life he has called us to is more like a marriage than a brief love affair. It takes a lot of work for two to become one! Of course there is passion and excitement, but there is also consistency and commitment.

5/9/2011 05:35:30 am

I responded with a comment stating that passion and commitment are NOT the same. In my personal experience, I have met many people who tell me that they will never find the right person or find the right job. They feel that they must always be passionate about that person, job or whatever it is they are trying to attain.

5/9/2011 05:39:13 am

The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt but in spite of doubt.

5/9/2011 05:42:31 am

My passion (and mission) is helping organizations transform and deliver exceptional results for employees, customers and stakeholders, business partners, shareholders, and society. JETrichardson is just a continuation of my commitment and deep belief that, together, we can build organizations that are great, and beneficial, for everyone involved.

5/9/2011 05:45:03 am

In today's world is it feasible to stand for things that you believe in? or should one have a more flexible cum practical approach towards life?

5/9/2011 05:48:05 am

People do not follow uncommitted leaders. Commitment can be displayed in a full range of matters to include the work hours you choose to maintain, how you work to improve your abilities, or what you do for your fellow workers at personal sacrifice.

5/9/2011 05:50:19 am

One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.

5/9/2011 05:50:35 am

We humans are basically social animals, with our main social institutions often including forms of religion and government. Hence human behaviour is rarely entirely individual but is affected by our social setting, and our wealth or poverty is generally affected by these social influences also.

5/9/2011 05:52:23 am

Poverty in India is a major issue. Rural Indians depend on unpredictable agriculture incomes, while urban Indians rely on jobs that are, at best, scarce.

Since its independence, the issue of poverty within India has remained a prevalent concern. As of 2010, more than 37% of India’s population of 1.35 billion still lives below the poverty line. More than 22% of the entire rural population and 15% of the urban population of India exists in this difficult physical and financial predicament.

5/9/2011 05:57:31 am

"There is no greatness without a passion to be great, whether it's the aspiration of an athlete or an artist, a scientist, a parent, or a businessperson."

5/9/2011 05:59:30 am

Commitment is the most important factor after a person’s culture. It builds a person’s motivation and confidence to engage in the new behaviors required by change.When we introduce ourselves to change, we need motives to keep us going and working to achieve that change. The concern of a person when he/she is changing is responded by his commitment. Our vision is important in the process of change as well, if we are able to visualize ourselves after change is permitted we will have higher reasons in attaining it.

5/9/2011 05:59:58 am

Increase the wages of low skill labor or government redistribution policies.
The advice to get more education to avoid being poor works for individuals, but since for many jobs having a college education does not increase your productivity it cannot be a solution for everybody. There is also the problem of people who are poor due to mental or physical illness which can only be solved with subsidies.

5/9/2011 06:00:56 am

"Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark."

5/9/2011 06:05:01 am

CHENNAI: Actor Rajinikanth has pledged his support for Anna Hazare’s movement for the Jan Lokpal bill.

In an email sent to India Against Corruption on Tuesday, the Tamil superstar said he was happy that an able and dedicated leader like Anna Hazare is leading the fight against corruption.

“There can be no doubt that corruption is a dreaded disease that needs to be weeded from the Indian society. I am very happy that we have an able and dedicated leader in Anna Hazare to lead us in the fight against corruption. I wholeheartedly support the India Against Corruption movement in their campaign to get the Jan Lokpal bill legislated in the parliament”

5/9/2011 06:07:37 am

"With out passion you dont have energy, with out energy you have nothing."

5/9/2011 06:08:14 am

Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down.

5/9/2011 06:11:58 am

"I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message."

5/9/2011 06:12:35 am

Commitment is the promotion of human values such as compassion, forgiveness, tolerance, contentment and self-discipline. All human beings are the same. We all want happiness and do not want suffering. Even people who do not believe in religion recognize the importance of these human values in making their life happier.He remains committed to talk about the importance of these human values and share them with everyone he meets.

5/9/2011 06:13:51 am

"My experience tells me that, instead of bothering about how the whole world may live in the right manner, we should think how we ourselves may do so. We do not even know whether the world lives in the right manner or in a wrong manner. If, however, we live in the right manner, we shall feel that others also do the same, or shall discover a way of persuading them to do so."

"Non co-operation with evil is as much a duty as co-operation with good."

Real Swaraj will come, not by the acquisition of authority by a few, but by the acquisition of the capacity by all to resist authority when it is abused.

5/9/2011 06:25:03 am

adherence to a particular totality of ideas and to the corresponding social, moral, and aesthetic ideals; consistent loyalty to these in both theory and practice. Neither the mere knowledge of an idea, if it is not transformed into a conviction, nor the mere practical acceptance of certain life principles, requirements, and mottoes, if it is not based on a conscious assimilation of their ideological content, is true ideological commitment.

5/9/2011 06:27:17 am

While being exposed to creative business ideas day in and day out is a fun part of my job, probably the best part is getting to meet the entrepreneurs behind those ideas. In talking to one recently, it really reminded me of a couple of the core entrepreneurial qualities: Passion and Commitment.

5/9/2011 06:30:23 am

Even if things were not the best in the end do you still owe your spouse who you vowed to stand beside, “In sickness and in health until death do you part,” the commitment and respect that two people who are still in their relationship because they want to be would give each other?

5/9/2011 06:32:48 am

It was a case of one party saying "I'm committed to you and to us and we'll find a solution that works."

5/9/2011 06:42:16 am

Although individuals start movements they can't last if they don't having a strong team backing them up. I am basically saying the same that Srinivas said but it is true, we can't do everything alone. We won't get anywhere that way.

5/9/2011 06:43:55 am

tips to reduce poverty & corruption

The first tool is ‘education’

We need to change the government processes.

We can reduce corruption by increasing direct contact between government and the governed.

Lack of transparency and professional accountability is yet another big reason.

5/9/2011 06:44:54 am

Commitment is the promotion of religious harmony and understanding among the world’s major religious traditions. Despite philosophical differences, all major world religions have the same potential to create good human beings. It is therefore important for all religious traditions to respect one another and recognize the value of each others respective traditions. As far as one truth, one religion is concerned, this is relevant on an individual level. However, for the community at large, several truths, several religions are necessary.

5/9/2011 06:54:03 am

Assume that

* black money is not used.
* supporters do not fund substantially (as citizens, we usually free ride)
* there are n major candidates
* if elected, the candidate survives 5 years as representative
* once the 5 years are over the representative retires and lives for another 25 years
* there is no inflation
* the discount rate is the market rate, say @ %
* the MP is not assassinated (i.e., we do not add any risk premium)
* there is nothing to forfeit if a candidate loses an election.

5/9/2011 07:42:46 am

Remember: God values deep, long-term faith more than fleeting passion. He knows that the life he has called us to is more like a marriage than a brief love affair. It takes a lot of work for two to become one! Of course there is passion and excitement, but there is also consistency and commitment.

5/9/2011 07:44:38 am

Commitments are at the heart of business, and it is important to make and execute them with integrity.Your reasons for making commitments change as your business grows and as your personal life changes. Loyalties shift, resources vary. This is natural, yet unless you take time to review your commitments you may fail to revise those that are no longer a good match for you.

5/9/2011 07:45:55 am

I agreed and it sparked some thoughts that I’d like to share. So I responded with a comment stating that passion and commitment are NOT the same

5/9/2011 07:48:42 am

loving with your heart is just passion – it can burn out. Loving with your head – there is no truth in that – it’s all utilitarian. With Will… I CHOOSE to love despite what my mind and heart may say

5/9/2011 07:51:28 am

All across America there are people, young and old alike who are uncommitted to whatever or whoever it is. They have the appearance of commitment. Yet talking the talk is so much easier than walking the walk.

5/9/2011 07:57:32 am

Some people believe it’s the single most important factor, painting passion as the fuel that drives not only success but relationships.

5/9/2011 08:22:44 am

if a remote rural community is finding it difficult to feed themselves and their children, there is little point is teaching them computer skills. We need to fit solutions to the problems facing the poor, not the other way round.

5/9/2011 08:28:52 am

Entire India gets united at such incidents to help the survivals and get country out from such disaster. Whether it was Kargil war, Tsunami storm or Mumbai attacks, every trouble make us forget our differences and think about only one thing – our country.

5/9/2011 08:33:37 am

The political drama playing out over India, the largest democracy in the world, is about the corruption that rots the system. Yet, the way it has galvanized millions of people into a grassroots movement against the status quo seems to be propelled by deeper undercurrents, that is, the fears, hopes and aspirations of a people staring into their global future.

5/9/2011 08:44:48 am

Transparency International, which publishes an annual Corruption Perceptions Index focused on the public sector, rated India poorly in its October 2010 survey, ranking it 87th of 178 nations. India scored 3.3, where 10 is “highly clean” and 0 is “highly corrupt.” The least corrupt nations surveyed were Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore, each with 9.3, while Somalia rated last with 1.1. China did slightly better than India, with a score of 3.5 and a ranking of 78.

5/9/2011 08:57:43 am

The commitments we choose to make, define us as unique individuals. Commitments communicate loudly to the world that certain things/people/values, etc. are important to us. Our ability to make and keep commitments is a key factor in our capacity to function, in the world, as mature adults.

5/9/2011 09:01:50 am

We make commitments to ourselves and to others. We must be able to make and keep commitments to ourselves, before we can reliably make them to others. For example, I might make a commitment to myself to exercise regularly, but I might also, at the same time commit to write this article for “Pathways”. However, before I make more than one commitment, I must be sure I can balance the time/energy requirements of both.

5/9/2011 09:08:56 am

The first step in making a commitment is to choose our commitments wisely, for they determine our values, beliefs, and priorities, and ultimately define us as unique individuals. How we make these choices and what choices we make are critical. Our choices then, are an important part of the individuation process – that process that defines us as individuals apart from our families-of-origin. When we act as individuals, our choices reflect our personally defined values, beliefs, etc. and not necessarily those that we grew up with. With every choice we define and further differentiate ourselves from others. To quote from my daughter, "The more you are like yourself, the less you are like others." We are defined by the choices we make.

5/9/2011 09:09:54 am

its india's bad luck that rich peoples who are able to charity make corruption & account black money to not follow the govt rules properly to not give salary, on time, accurate salary, incentives
its indians bad luck that our Govt & leaders are very lazy in there work in proper way. shortage of jobs. tons of growns melt down in uncareness, still today people fighting for a home, food, & clothes in india people die to poverty...........

5/9/2011 09:48:12 am

The practice of corporal punishment is often adopted by teachers, to implement discipline, among students. Corporal punishment is an extreme breach of children’s right to protection, besides being a form of physical/mental violence. As per Indian law, corporal punishment amounts to human rights violations too. According to the official report of the Ministry of Women and Child Development, conducted in 2007, on child abuse, two out of every three students are physically abused. Further, 73% of boys face physical punishment as compared to 65% of girls. All of this makes children fear teachers and become miserable in class. However, most of the students choose to suffer silently, rather than reporting the matter to parents or to others.

5/9/2011 09:48:32 am

The aim of this teaching case is to motivate students to consider the importance of commitments, especially ones made during the recruitment process. The case focuses on a student who has reneged on a previously accepted employment offer from an accounting firm. Most suitable for use in accounting and auditing courses at the undergraduate level, this case would be particularly useful if presented prior to the recruiting season.In analyzing the case, students are expected to first address the importance of

5/9/2011 10:15:19 am

think abou this
china follow this strictly
not just make a low & forget to care that:-

1) Strategy
2) Commitment
3) Important capital
4) Savings
5) Rural-urban migration
6) Consumption
7) The service sector
8) Foreign investment
9) Education

5/9/2011 10:25:30 am

Intention is the making a commitment. Intention is a thought with potential. An intention embodies a particular purpose, a possible direction, focus or goal. For various circumstances, our intention needs to be held for different lengths of time -- a minute, or a lifetime. Intentions can just involve ourselves, or can include others. For example, on a personal level, I can decide to increase my level of health – i.e. diet, exercise or relaxation. On an interpersonal level, I can focus on my intention on spending more time with my friends, or working with a partner to build a business. Most of our intentions include both personal and interpersonal commitments – e.g. the personal intention to find the right partner, and the interpersonal intention to make that commitment to another individual.

5/9/2011 10:52:39 am

The list given below is in alphabetical order, by corruption I don't mean only financial corruption but anti national policies is also corruption IMHO.

1. Abdul Rehman Antulay -- anti-national
2. Amar Singh -- anti-national, pro terrorism, highly corrupt
3. Arjun Singh -- castist
4. Asaduddin Owaisi -- anti-national
5. J Jayalalithaa -- populist, corrupt
6. Lallu Prasad Yadav -- anti-national, pro terrorism, highly corrupt, complete jocker
7. M Karunanidhi -- anti-national,
8. Mamata Banerjee -- populist, kicked out TATA, nexus with Maoists
9. Mulayam Singh Yadav -- anti-national, pro terrorism, highly corrupt
10. Mayawati -- worshipping her own statutes
11. Raj Thackeray -- dividing Indians
12. Ram Vilas Paswan -- extremely corrupt, anti-national, terrorist suppoter
13. Maheebooba Mufti -- terrorist suppoter

5/9/2011 10:53:34 am

That's either very fast thinking, or a great example of commitment to the quality improvement cause! A burning commitment to the cause is a clear hallmark of passionate and highly effective leaders. There's no apathy. There's no doubt about where the leader stands and where he or she is going. As the growing research on Emotional Intelligence clearly shows, a strong point of view and a burning desire to see things through is worth dozens of IQ points.

12/7/2012 10:06:13 am

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