Stop Worrying About Everybody Else’s Accountability and Focus on Your Own

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We hear it all the time. “I want my kids to be more accountable.” “I wish my people would be more accountable.” “They should be more accountable.” We tend to focus on our need for the people around us to be accountable. The truth is that only when we choose to be accountable will the people in our personal and professional lives be accountable.

All too often we want in others what we don’t have in ourselves. Accountability is no different.

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Is The Brand More Important Than Accountability

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The politicians are fighting for their brand. They are not fighting for the people. They are supposed to be representing the people.

With the release of the audio tape of Donald Trump making lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women, Paul Ryan told his fellow Republicans to do whatever they have to do to protect themselves. Ryan came up short of pulling his support for Trump. So, what does that tell me about Ryan’s accountability? It says he is more concerned with his brand than with being accountable to the people he serves. He serves the people of Wisconsin as their Congressman and he serves the supporters of the Republican party as the Republican leader.
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EpiPen Doesn’t Stick To Their Values – They Stick it to Their Customers

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Mylan, the manufacturer of the EpiPen used by children and adults with deadly allergies, has raised the price of this lifesaving device from $100 to $600 since they acquired it in 2007.

The company has moved overseas to avoid United States income taxes. And, the CEO, Heather Bresch, has seen her salary go from almost $2.5 million to almost $19 million. On top of all of this Bresch blames the outrageous price increases on the common practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

Since when does the actions of other people justify our actions? Since when does the actions of other companies justify our company’s actions? And, when does someone step up and say, “We’re going to do what’s right, period”?
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Conversation To Accountability

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We recently began working on The Accountable Community Project™. One of the first steps was a series of conversations in a community around what really goes into building an accountable community.

The conversations were fun, serious, thought provoking, stimulating, cathartic, real, heartfelt and totally enlightening.

We brought together people from very diverse backgrounds. We had a former city mayor and a former convict. We had a recovering drug and alcohol addict and a small business owner. We had spiritual leaders and business people. We had younger and older aged people. And, we had people without tattoos and with a bunch of tattoos.
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There’s No Such Thing As Self Leadership

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Some people would have you believe that self-leadership is an art, something to be mastered and even strived for.

There is no such thing as self-leadership. There is self-development and personal growth but self-leadership doesn’t exist.

Self-leadership isn’t a word you can find in the dictionary because it’s a made up word. Whether it’s someone’s attempt to carve out an unique marketing niche for themselves as a self-help guru or it’s just someone’s attempt at trying to describe something that would be best described somehow else it’s inaccurate.
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