If we don’t demand the truth we cannot also expect accountability to be present. When we stop setting the expatiation of honesty chaos presents itself. It may not be popular or easy to confront someone but settling for anything less than the absolute and compete truth creates a culture where anything goes.
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.
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.
Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have violated federal records laws by using a personal email account for all of her work messages, the New York Times reported on Monday.
By using a private email account Clinton violated three main concerns of the US government. Use of a private email account skirted security issues and opened up possible leaks of information. It also created a situation where there was a lack of transparency. When you use a personal account instead of the federally mandated account it can look like something was being covered up. Also, you lose the ability to have historical records of transactions preserved over time.
There are systems and beliefs in place for a reason and when as a leader of an organization you purposefully violate the systems, the standards, and the beliefs then you are, by example, telling everyone that works for you that they can do the same thing.
Sam Silverstein, Inc. offers free Accountability Coaching for the Little League coach and administrator who have been suspended in Chicago. Little League Baseball has stripped the U.S. championship from Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West. The team’s manager has been suspended and the district’s administrator has been removed. These adults worked together to extend the boundaries of the district so they could add players to the team that would not have normally qualified to play for them. All of this was done to help strengthen the team. All of this was illegal.
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.