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Accountability… A good word or a bad word...

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There are those opportunities that present themselves every once in a while when we all have to sit back and shake our heads; ponder what the heck is going on; what are we going to do about it; and who’s fault is it. These events in our lives seems to happen more frequently when resources are low, money is tight, and stress is up; and there never seems to be an occasion where we don’t feel the heat because of it.

In your personal life you have a marriage, family, and friends that you feel obligated to support, whether it be financially, emotionally, or socially. You don’t want to loose these relationships and you want to make sure they are healthy.

In business it can mean the continuation of the company or the closing of the doors for good. Mistakes can destroy a company faster than any market slump; take aerospace companies for example. One critical mistake can fold a company like a 7 – 2 off suit.

So we are left to ask what we can do to protect ourselves against this. How can an organization ensure success for its efforts as well as its people? How can you as a father, mother, husband, wife, friend, or relative make sure your relationships are strong, healthy and growing?

Well, there is one little word that might start you down the correct path. ACCOUNTABILITY…

In my opinion there are two types of accountability; self-accountability and forced-accountability. The absence of both will lead to falling off course and not being very successful. If you have to have one over the other it should be self-accountability.

Self-accountability is the ability to recognize that you personally have a responsibility to do your best, work hard, provide, and continue to do the right thing; whether that’s at home or at work. You recognize the importance of completing the task correctly without being told.

Forced-accountability is when you are told you will do something and you will get it done; if not there will be consequences. You are being held accountable to complete the task; someone is watching closely; measuring your performance. Most parents have to deal with this type from time to time…

Typically people or organizations fall back on forced accountability when they determine that the self-accountability is not there in the individual; causing them to feel as though they have to step in and make it happen. This is where things start to get fuzzy. When an organization is at the stage of forced-accountability it is almost too late. When a parent is at the stage of forced-accountability it usually means a learning opportunity for the child or attempts to teach a reluctant student. Typically drastic changes are in order when an organization relies on forced-accountability; and those changes are usually trying to replace the individuals that do not have the self-accountability with people who do. This can happen in your personal life as well; sometimes after much frustration and heartache.

So it’s better to recognize the necessity to have the self-accountability for success. Be responsible for your own actions and your effort. The absence of self-accountability leads to forced-accountability; which leads to feelings of desperation, threatened, frustrations, and anger.

This can all be avoided with developing the self-accountability within you to ensure that you do not become snared in the trap of being forced to do your job right, or being forced to be the father or friend you should be.
 
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Hi I am Kris...

see when a child is born,it completely depend on others...that is not so in animals..but even then why we are so selfish and mean......
 

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I'm not sure what you're saying. Accountability is one thing. It is important. But - Where does it dovetail into 'fate' (such as a catastrophic health emergency or an expensive chronic medical condition)? I mention this because most people 'depended' upon some preconceptions (aka advertising) such as the stock market is always going up (the *conditional* 'long term' is cited). In part some of the current 'belief system' *assumed* the stock market would 'always' go up (and property prices as well).

I saw this coming and said so (and prepared for) years ago. Should everyone have seen this coming?
 
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