The Power of Predictability

Cindy JobsOrganization, Uncategorized

Seasons change.

Winter turns to Spring.

Spring turns to Summer.

Summer turns to Fall.

Fall turns to Winter.

We know it’s happening.  We have a pretty good idea what to expect.  We can prepare for it.

It’s predictable.

For you Myers Briggs types, I’m an ESTJ — Extrovert, Sensing, Thinking, Judging (but not in a bad way).  I’m practical, hardworking, structured, organized, dependable, and predictable.

Ask anyone that knows me.

  • If I say I’ll do it.  I do it.
  • If I say I’ll be there at 5:00, I’ll be there at 5:00.  Not 4:45 or 5:15.  5:00.
  • I pretty much wear the same style of clothes every day . . . . practical and not too flamboyant.
  • Give the opportunity, red wine vs a mojito.  🙂

I’m predictable and most of the people that I surround myself with appreciate it.  They know what to expect from me.  They know they can depend on me. They know what I value. I don’t live on the edge.  A relationship with me is pretty safe (possibly a little less exciting, but safe).

What happens when we are unpredictable in our personal or professional lives?

  • People stop trusting our word.
  • Our team members spend an inordinate amount of time processing “what if” scenarios in their heads.
  • Opportunities may pass us by because people aren’t comfortable that we will hold up our end of the bargain.
  • We stop getting invited to things because we may show up late (or not at all), say insensitive things or dress in appropriately.

How predictable are you?

How is your level of predictability helping or hurting your relationships?



Cindy Jobs


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