The definition of success is not a hard and fast rule; there is no right or wrong – however, being in integrity with how you define success allows you to make conscience choices regarding external conditions.
Whenever I am angry I ask myself this question, “What is it I do not want to be responsible for right now?” In the privacy of my mind, I go exploring, willing for an answer to emerge even it the answer implicates me.
It might be easier to avoid holding someone accountable in the short term, but in the long run, avoidance usually results in a big headache.
It’s really hard on a team when a “team member” does not do their “part” and others are left to rescue, fix and save with no time to address the behavior of the slacker.
In this Q&A interview with Linda Galindo, she gives the straight truth about personal accountability – a prominent topic in corporate culture consulting.
The word “shared” in an activity that requires personal accountability and ownership for results without fault, blame or guilt causes a problem. “Let’s share the decision making on this.” How about let’s not!
If “It’s just easier to do it myself” is common when you think about holding someone accountable you are wearing a neon sign that reads — “UNDER PERFORMERS WELCOME HERE”. Yep, that’s right, you are very likely attracting what you most complain about when you rescue, fix and save.
The CEO of an organization had asked me to come speak to his Board about accountability and how, as a value, accountability plays a role in lowering stress, increasing productivity and ensuring job satisfaction for employees. I was to be the featured speaker of the Board’s retreat. The night before the main session, the Board…
Struggle, struggle, toil and trouble. Leaders, managers, supervisors, colleagues, co-workers, subordinates running from the power of holding others accountable. Why?
You have no doubt heard the term “button pushing”. Has anyone ever pushed your button? Button pushing is pretty common in personal relationships. Over time, we may learn exactly how to push our spouse’s button and act all innocent when they react. It is a strange kind of power over someone when it works.
The last group I worked with was so excited about their Accountability education and subsequent insights they wanted to overtake the world with their newly found personal power. That can be so annoying!
The ownership approach to the blame game is a great way to stop it. Jump in and own something! Do you really care who is to blame? If you don’t jam a lever in the flywheel that is spinning off all the dumb, time wasting finger pointing and say “I’ll own moving this forward by taking something on,” you are part of the problem.