Accountability Books | A guide to personal accountability-the fundamental key to leadership success

With the toughest economic downturn in recent history, the issue of accountability has taken center stage. However accountability is often confused with punishment, fault, blame and guilt. In this book, the author argues that the only true accountability is “personal accountability” and the only way to achieve it is to take responsibility for the outcomes of your choices, behaviors and actions. The 85% Solution reveals that to be truly accountable, leaders must accept no less than 85% of the responsibility for the outcomes of your actions; Empower themselves to take the risks and actions you must in order to get what they want; and Show they are willing to answer for the outcomes that result from their choices and actions.

  • Offers a practical guide to personal accountability and reveals how this leads to personal and business success
  • Guides readers to take the risks and actions to reach their goals
  • Contains self-assessments for determining personal accountability index

The author is an experienced consultant who works with organizations, teams, and individuals to improve their personal and work lives.

Product Details

Hardcover: 256 pages; also available for Kindle & Audible
Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0470500166
ISBN-13: 978-0470500163
Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.1 x 9.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)

Editorial Reviews

From the Inside Flap

“Whether you admit it or not, you are accountable for everything you’re involved with, whether it turns out good or bad. The outcome belongs to everyone who touched the project, not just to the ones who made mistakes.”
—From the Introduction

In today’s uncertain world, the concept of accountability has taken center stage as a vital business concern. Yet the notion of accountability is all too often confused with punishment, fault-finding, blame, and guilt. In The 85% Solution, author Linda Galindo shows that the only true accountability is “personal accountability” and reveals that the only way to achieve it is to be responsible for the outcomes of your choices, behaviors, and actions.Filled with self-assessments, this book will encourage you to take the needed risk-taking actions to reach your goals and get you what you want. Galindo explains that you must become willing to answer for the outcomes that result from your choices and actions. By taking the three important steps outlined—be responsible for the success or failure of everything you do, empower yourself to succeed, and be accountable for your actions—you will have the keys to taking control of your own success.Once we are able to accept no less than 85% of the responsibility for the outcomes of our actions, we will enjoy a happier and more productive life. This is the 85% Solution.

From the Back Cover

Praise for The 85% Solution, one of the must-read accountability books

“Tired of riding the merry-go-round of irresponsible behavior and playing the shame-and-blame game without satisfaction? Linda Galindo expertly illuminates a path to a fulfilling life of success through her achievable guidelines for accountability in personal and professional life.”
Larry W. Bridgesmith, Of Counsel, Miller & Martin; executive director and associate professor, Randy and Rhonda Lowry Chair of Conflict Management, Institute for Conflict Management, Lipscomb University

“The title incidentally matches where 85% of my time is spent—dealing with people issues. The book gives 100% of the solution.”
James C. Leonard, president and chief executive officer, Carle Foundation Hospital

“A no-nonsense guide to personal accountability, this is a must-read for anyone who dares to live the life they truly desire. We live in a changing world today where transparency, truth, and accountability are demanded. The 85% Solution delivers exactly what is needed now in our government, corporate America, the workplace, and personal success.”
Leslie DeWald, president and chief executive officer, Ascend Insurance Resources

“Finally, Linda Galindo’s compelling accountability model is accessible to everyone, through her engaging book, The 85% Solution. She takes a complex problem in today’s world and reduces it to a series of simplified, understandable actions that can immediately transform the readers and their lives at work and in the community—for the better!”
Meg Jones, chief administrative officer, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia”

This book is for leaders who are truly up to the challenge of developing personal accountability in themselves, and anyone in their organizations will benefit from reading this book. With corporate accountability at an all-time low, this book changes mind-sets by showing the way to personal accountability.”
Tom Bakaly, city manager, Park City, Utah