May 22, 2009

The Power of Accountability

"No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible."

Stanislaw Lec
Early 20th Century Polish Poet

"I didn't do it."
"It wasn't me."
"Everyone (no one) did (didn't) do it too."
"What could I do?"
"Somebody will do it"

What could we accomplish if everyone took personal, up close responsibility, not only for their actions but for the overall success of the organization?


  1. People do take responsibility for the good things they do. It's the mistakes no one wants to admit.

  2. Ok but if we step up and take responsibility, how do we know we won't get knocked down for our mistake?

    My management wants scalps; someone they can point to as the "problem."

  3. Unfortunately you don't (know they will knock you down) Anonymous, until management shows you how they manage. But when they do and you see they are not tolerant of those who admit their mistakes, get out as soon as possible. That company will ultimately fail no matter what they do.

  4. agree with waugust...i find it refreshing when people admit their mistakes - and most importantly, learn from them and become better as a result. as human beings, to think that we don't or won't mistakes is simply putting your head in the sand.

    my experience has been that strong performers rarely have any problems acknowledging mistakes. it's usually the weaker players that are too insecure and won't 'fess up.