Mitten weather is a few months away in Oregon. Promises, on the other hand, are year-round.
In rain, shine, and snow, clear promises improve trust and results.
And fuzzy promises?
“Can you meet the rest of the team outside the lab tomorrow at noon?”
“I really need that report by October 1. Can you do it?”
“If I go out on a limb this afternoon, would you be willing to back me up?”
“Sure” [in a soft and uncertain voice]
The Basic Equation
Request + Acceptance = Promise
The Fuzzy Promise Equation
Request + Ambiguous Response = Fuzzy Promise + Confusion + Resentment