Sunday, March 15, 2009

Are You Taking Personal Accountability?

One of my favorite websites is Simple Truths. Mac Anderson has some very motivational and challenging work there - in the form of books and video's. One of his latest works deals with change and the reality that so many of us try to avoid change and blame others when it doesn't go well. The reality is that if we want to lead, we have to be accountable. In HTG it is a core principle that owners/managers are responsible to lead change. It doesn't happen any other way. Check out these thoughts - they are right on the money.

Authors B.J. Gallagher and Steve Ventura wrote a great little book about achieving success through personal accountability titled: Who Are "They" Anyway? I like their list showing how each individual in the company can benefit by adopting a "personal accountability attitude":

- You have more control over your destiny
- You become an active contributor rather than a passive observer
- Others look to you for leadership
- You gain the reputation as a problem solver
- You enhance your career opportunities
- You enjoy the satisfaction that comes from getting things done...the power of positive doing
- You experience less anger, frustration and helplessness - all leading to better physical health
- You realize a positive spillover effect into your personal life at home

According to Gallagher and Ventura, the most important words of personal responsibility are as follows:

The 10 most important words:I won't wait for others to take the first step.

The 9 most important words:If it is to be, it's up to me.

The 8 most important words:If not me, who? If not now, when?

The 7 most important words:Let me take a shot at it.

The 6 most important words:I will not pass the buck.

The 5 most important words:You can count on me.

The 4 most important words:It IS my job!

The 3 most important words:Just do it!

The 2 most important words:I will.

The most important word:Me

When we look at the last statement above - in most cases it is not "me" but rather "you" and we have to get over ourselves and focus on others. But when it comes to personal accountability - then the most important person is "me" and "I" have to take responsibility for what I do or don't do. I cannot point fingers at you or anyone else. It is up to "ME" to get it done and quit blaming someone else. Are you taking charge of your personal accountabilty or looking for someone else to blame. That is what separates true leaders from the rest of the pack!

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