The Accountability Blog

Month: March 2015

Accountability Isn’t A Secret

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.

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There Is Accountability In Oklahoma

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.

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Responsibility Isn’t Accountability

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.

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Is Hillary Clinton An Accountable Leader?

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.

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Accountable People Don’t Overcommit

Are you crazy busy? Do you have so much on your plate you don’t know where to start? Does what you need to get done overwhelm you to the point that you avoid everything and instead get a bowl of popcorn and go watch a movie or just play a game on your phone?

A commitment involves more then just time. It involves space in your mind. Everything you commit to and is left undone occupies a place in your mind. Incomplete commitments create stress. That stress may lead you to feel rushed to finish something and then it is not done in excellence.

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