Accountability is never about what you get. It is always about what you give. When you look serve others you are looking to be accountable.
Dan Price is the Founder and CEO of Gravity Payments. After discovering in a 2010 Princeton University Study that a salary in the $70,000 – 75,000 range was necessary for people to achieve happiness he decided to do something about the inequality in pay scales in the United States today. He took a pay cut! And, Dan used that money …
Two off duty Secret Service agents, on their way home from a party at a bar, drive their car through police tape and barricades where their colleagues were investigating a possible bomb. And, while supervisors on the scene suspect that the two agents are intoxicated they are sent on their way without a breath test. No ramifications from driving into a sealed investigation scene and then actually put back into their car to drive home. An onlooker would conclude that the Secret Service belief is that their people get preferential treatment.
When a group of students at SAE fraternity made racial slurs and displayed their bigotry it could have just been swept under the rug as drunken party talk. It wasn’t. David Boren, University President immediately moved to let the university and the world know that that behavior and those beliefs would not be tolerated at University of Oklahoma.
The words accountability and responsibility are quite commonly interchanged in usage in the English language. In many languages around the world there isn’t a direct interpretation for accountability and the word responsibility is used. Society now blurs the lines between the two.
There are differences and they are significant. You are responsible for things. You are accountable to people. This delineation greatly enhances the understanding and application of each word.
When I was 6 years old I jumped off of a wall and broke my leg. I remember it like it was yesterday. Unfortunately it wasn’t. It was 52 years ago. I remember how my wife had the shakes during the birth of our son 31 years ago. I remember the thrill of competition I enjoyed in my first Boston Marathon 21 years ago. I have a hard time believing that if someone’s helicopter was or was not hit over a war zone 12 years they would have a problem remembering that. I think you’d remember that incident the rest of your life.
Accountability shows up in many places and in many ways. Accountability is easy to recognize when someone does what they tell you they are going to do. The lack of accountability is also easy to distinguish when someone fails to deliver on their promise. But, what does accountability have to do with a 10 year old girl helping rescue workers communicate with a deaf woman trapped in a car? Everything!
When CVS Caremark announced today that they are going to discontinue selling tobacco products in their stores they said, “Cigarettes and tobacco products have no place in a setting where health care is delivered. This is the right thing to do.”
One of Steve Jobs’ famous quotes is, “Dream Bigger.” Steve understands that many times we are not limited by other people or elements beyond our control but rather we limit our self. Small dreams do not motivate us to try big things. If we set our activities on small goals then that is all we can achieve, and we naturally …
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