Accountability & Responsibility

On Thursday, March 11, 2010, Christopher Hayes wrote an article for Time magazine with the title, "The Twilight of the Elites." The article aimed to explain, "why we have entered the post-trust era." Indeed, we seem to be in a time where people act inappropriately and then refuse to take responsibility for their actions. Our next series will be over accountability and responsibility in the workplace.

Accountability is an individual value. Real accountability cannot be forced -  it must be voluntary. However, although accountability is really up to your individual employees, it is up to you to put the tools in their hands so that they can fulfill their potential.

So how did we get to the "post-trust era"? Here's a list of a few of the most notable scandals:

  1. 1972: Watergate Scandal - Nixon forced to resign
  2. 1999: Bill Clinton - Impeachment
  3. 2004: Martha Stewart - Jail time for fraudulent stock trading
  4. 2007: Major League Baseball - Barry Bonds breaks home run record then is indicted for perjury and obstructions of justice related to cases involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs
  5. 2009-10: Tiger Woods - flawless public image smashed after a late-night car crash reveals the less palatable personal side of the golfer
  6. 2010-11: BP Oil Spill - Deep Water Horizon in the Gulf
  7. 2011-12: John Edwards - Baby Momma campaign finance scandal

Our aim is to provide you all with the tools to stay off of the list of scandals above. First, we have the 100% / 0 Rule.

You are in control of your life, take it by the reins. Take 100 percent responsibility for what's going on in your life in all aspects. If you see a part of your life that you don't like, take responsibility and fix it. You are always 100 percent in control and have 100 percent responsibility for everything that has occurred in your life as a result of your actions or inactions. This is the 100% / 0 Rule, and you can start it right now.

In part II we'll be discussing the accountability cycle and setting goals and expectations.