Monday, 24 November 2014

ACCOUNTABILITY


I'm so sorry for not bringing the character count series last week as I was under the weather but thanks be to God, I'm fit now. Today, we'll be going a step further in the series by considering "accountability".

The business dictionary defines accountability as the obligation of an individual or organization to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property.

From the above definition, accountability is not what you put or force on someone, sure we can hold people accountable at some point but being accountable is a personal decision.
 First, it means that you must take responsibility for the consequences of your choices, not just what you do but what you don't. You don’t blame others when things go awry and you don’t blame the external environment. There are always things you could have done—or still can do—to change the outcome. Politicians take note.
 
 Three Types of Accountability
There are three areas in which you must hold yourself accountable:
1.    Your actions and choices—This would include such things as:
  • The way in which you communicate with others
  • How you spend your time
  • Your behavior and manners
  • The consideration and respect you show others
  • Your eating habits and exercising routine
  • Your attitude and thoughts
  • The way you respond to challenges
2.    Your responsibilities—This would include these types of things:
  • Returning calls, emails, and texts in a timely manner
  • Being on time for business and personal appointments
  • Keeping your home, car, and workplace clean
  • Spending less than you earn
  • Doing the things you agreed to do when you agreed to do them
  • Executing your job description to the best of your ability
  • Writing things down on a “To Do” list so you don’t forget
3.    Your goals—This would include your:
  • Fitness and health targets
  • Financial goals
  • Family objectives
  • Career ambitions
  • Personal goals
  • Marital enhancement
  • Any other goals you have set for yourself
Make no mistake about it. You cannot achieve any worthwhile personal or professional goal, if you don’t hold yourself accountable. The reason is simple. It’s your life!  If you have to be held accountable at work, don’t expect to be promoted or to experience any type of significant career advancement. If you have to be held accountable at home by your parents, roommate or spouse, it will grow old fast and your relationships will deteriorate.

Remember, a person of character meets the demands of duty is accountable, pursues excellence and exercises self control.
As usual, some materials were sourced from google.
Accountability is important when things don’t go according to plan. As a leader, you are ultimately responsible and should acknowledge that to those above and below you. However, acknowledging this is not the same as understanding what went wrong. Being accountable does not mean simply accepting responsibility and ignoring true cause and effect relationships. If things go wrong, you should look into your organization to understand what happened. The organization should have the same feelings of accountability. The time to build these feelings of accountability is before something goes wrong, not during the investigation. - See more at: http://www.governmentciomagazine.com/2013/02/accept-accountability-effects-our-leadership#sthash.zxscmlN6.dpuf

4 comments:

  1. Nice one Bubba.. And this post had me saying WORD at intervals.. The truth is we are accountable for every activity we take, and every mistake we make. We cant point fingers or blame another for how we end up in life, cause on the long run yeah, we are our own accelerators, and our own brakes.

    Insightful post as usual Amaka, I likey. This reminds me of how janylbenylshares.com writes :)

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  2. Phew!....Mami...It took me going to the Sun, passing through the moon, jumping stars to get here....lol...My school kidnapped my time...Bear with me mami...**whispering** Don't be upset with your tibs eh....Let's just hold my school accountable on this one...hehe...mami, every morning I wake up, I have a list of things that I gotta do....and if I can't do them that day and in some way, it has a crazy effect on me?- mami, I hold myself accountable for that...I don't blame no one...buh that's just me right?....Howdy mamacita...

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    1. It's fine dear; I've Been a tad busy too

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