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If You're Not Dependable, You're Expendable

If You’re Not Dependable, You’re Expendable

No warm up needed.

Let’s get right to the point.

If you’re not dependable, you’re expendable.

That goes for all people, places and things.

To be dependable is to be trustworthy, consistent and reliable.

Dependability is a massive value proposition…and a key competitive advantage.

To be expendable is to be of little significance when COMPARED to an overall purpose, and therefore able to be abandoned.

Taking it one step further…being expendable means that something or someone is more easily or economically replaced than rescued, salvaged, or protected.

If there is one quality that executives seek for themselves and their employees more than any other…it is sustained high performance in the face of ever-increasing pressure and rapid change.

More and more, now and in the future…everything and everyone is listed under the categories of being dependable and of value…or expendable and of little value when compared to the overall mission of a team, project or organization.


Look at yourself through the same lens as you would a professional athlete.

How often do you hear of a professional athlete that was in the spotlight last year, but no longer even mentioned in conversation today?

It happens all the time. Take a major league pitcher for example. Sometimes it takes years to make it to the majors, but when they do, they had better perform on demand, or very quickly they are deemed expendable and demoted back to the minors and replaced by someone who can.

When it comes to professional athletes…all performances and contributions (hitting, running, fielding and pitching) are measured and compared against the overall mission of the team—TO WIN.

If they are not dependable, if they are not making a significant contribution to the mission…they are expendable.

That’s about as raw, simple and direct as it gets.

The same principle applies to you and your overall performance and contribution.

If you are concerned at all about your future place in society…I advise focusing on this key question:

“What can I contribute that will significantly impact the mission, performance, and overall results of the institution or community I serve?”

Whether you like it or not, you are measured by your results…your unique contribution to the overall mission.

Therefore focus on driving results…focus on adding value…focus on solving problems…and most important, focus on increasing your contribution to the overall mission.

Because in the end…

If you’re not dependable, you’re expendable.

Gary Ryan Blair

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