Accountability in The Post-Truth World

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An elected official on national television blatantly denies something when asked, only to have to backtrack the next day as the truth comes out. Another elected official has over 70% of their statements documented as “not true”. Social media outlets overflow with false news. Does the truth not matter to anyone anymore? Can accountability exist in our post-truth world?

Do we not know we’re being lied to or do we just not care? Recently when I mentioned the amount of lies produced by one candidate the person I was speaking with said, “I just think that all politicians lie. That’s just the way it is.”

If enough people lie, then it’s okay?

Building Accountable Organizations

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On a recent television interview, I was asked, what comes first, accountable organizations or accountable individuals? I believe that organizations that show a culture based on accountability or those organizations that have developed and have built themselves around a group of accountable individuals. It’s the individual accountability that comes together to create that culture with an organization that’s based on …

Three Things That Erode Your Accountability

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There are three things that can erode your personal accountability and how you appear to others within the organization and in your personal life. The first is when your actions don’t align with your words. If you say you’re going to do something, then you need to do it. People need to know that you’re responsible. People need to know …

Be Accountable for a Backup Plan

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Recently, two flights that were scheduled to land at Regan National around midnight had to abort their landing. They circled, regrouped and then were able to successfully land. What happened? Well, no air traffic controllers responded from the local tower. Was the door locked with the air traffic controller outside or did they fall asleep? No one really knows quite …

Is It Time To Quit?

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“I’m not a quitter.”  We’ve heard this battle cry before.  But sometimes we need to be objective enough to evaluate our progress, our current position and the possibilities that lie ahead if we continue down the same path.  Many times the true “winners” are those people who know when enough is enough, eliminate allocating valuable resources in a losing effort …