Some might say duct tape was the secret weapon that rescued three Apollo 13 astronauts whose spacecraft malfunctioned on its way to the moon in 1970. But the truth is that accountability saved their lives.
Sooner or later, we’ve all got some growing up to do. The path to total personal accountability isn’t so easy and understandably so. My own transition tells me this. All the stories clients tell me about moving to a more self-empowered, highly accountable way of being as a leader tells me this.
There is something wonderful about checking off the completion of a task. It puts some people in downright euphoria. Hitting the mark; finishing; creating space to move on to the next thing—it’s a great feeling. A vital component of checking off a “completion” is starting with a clear agreement.
change management manager talks about how he and his team took ownership of the Personal Accountability concepts in The Accountability Experience and put them to good use to clarify roles, improve real teamwork, and create a more positive workplace.
Imagine never being stuck in traffic on that long morning commute. Imagine being able to sit at your desk wearing your slippers and slacks instead of a suit.
Why do you make promises that you can’t keep?
You may think it is because you are short on time but everyone receives the same 24-hours everyday. In an effort to please everyone, you may end up satisfying no one.
I have a fifteen minute time frame on Saturday mornings to get my daughter from gymnastics to dance, which takes any normal, sane person 25 minutes. The dance coach knows we will always be a few minutes late and is completely ok with this.
December 2012, a 787 headed from Houston to Newark NJ was forced to land in New Orleans after a warning light indicated that a generator had failed, Boeing later discovered that a faulty circuit board had resulted in a false reading.
Campfire stories are great when they are told around an actual campfire, on an actual camping trip. The story teller has free license to make the story as scary and dramatic as possible. Details are added and embellished each time the story is told.
It demonstrates you are aware of the contribution of others to the whole effort. When the time comes to select a leader for a special project or team, you become the obvious choice.
This is a wonderful opportunity to have someone you have wanted to share my information with listen in. I love to do these webinars to train others in accountability.
#Accountable New Year practice 1. Commit to “talk to, not about” others in the workplace. Take the problem to the person you are having it with.