“I’ll buy you a steak dinner”

A long time ago, a former boss of mine used to say that if we achieved a specific goal he would take us out for a steak dinner. He was usually quite impassioned about it, almost as if he couldn’t wait to reward us. Even though he meant well, the problem was that he never followed through on his promise.

People want leaders who follow through. Even a promise as seemingly inconsequential as a meal, if unfulfilled, goes a long way to show people you don’t care about them.

Stick to the old adage: Under promise, over deliver.