My second lesson learned from five days with 27 teenagers and 4 adults (me being one of them) on an orchestra field trip is that if you pay close attention to people they will teach you amazing things.
27 teenagers, a chartered bus, 4 adults and a schedule. That describes the last five days of my life and I am here to tell you that the accountability concepts I teach work!
OK everyone, the cat is out of the bag. Our government employs a lot of people. One of the attractive benefits of being a government employee is the “security” a government job provides. Hmmmm….maybe not so much, anymore.
If the workplace needs to keep track of what you don’t get right for your performance evaluation, it is imperative you keep track of what you are most proud of and your general accomplishments.
When is the last time you heard someone describe a situation that is absolutely unbearable for them at their place of employment?
When the time comes to account for one’s actions and subsequent results in the business environment, there is an array of places to hide. The old standards are getting older. How about some new dark alleys to avoid the accountable light of day?
Inevitably a leader who goes looking has to come face-to-face with why they are not getting the outcome they want in their organization.
The difference between a negative conversation and a positive one rests on a single word: and.
Got a problem with someone? Leave him out of the conversation. You is a word that is wrought with accusation.
Recently a potential client referred to some of the employees he “inherited” as people who were chosen because they could “fog a mirror.” He wanted accountability brought into the organization to weed these individuals out.
Listening to Tina’s radio interview on NPR this morning I am energized by her vision and experience of what is possible. And now, my mind is racing. There are ways to make personal accountability a positive peer pressure experience.
Taking, taking, taking. – endless taking without replenishing is rarely a good idea, but I am completely open to hearing when it is.