Committment in commerce and in government

How is this for a nice little contrast. Yesterday afternoon the person responsible for my project team said this, before accepting the teams assurances about some work:

Committment means you understand exactly what is involved and that you are going to do it.

He was talking about committing to complete a set of tasks over a two week period. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but he was clear that we should not commit if in fact we needed more information or didn’t feel we had a definative solution. He didn’t want us to “just do it”, or “get stuck in and figure the rest out later” he wanted a committment, for a span of two weeks, so that his short project could be easily forecast and tracked.

Now contrast Tim Geithner, discussing the tasks involved in his Government’s committment to provide long term medical assistance to an entire nation of people planning for the span of their lives:

Does it sound like he understands exactly what needs doing and that he is going to do it? Quite a difference, no? Which standard would you prefer?

Simon Gibbs

Simon is a London based IT contractor and the proprietor of Libertarian Home. Working with logic and cause-and-effect each day he was naturally attracted to nerdy libertarianism and later to harshly logical Objectivism. Find him on Google+