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Accountability at 14,000 Feet

On a recent trip to Colorado, I climbed my first fourteener. For non-hikers reading this, a fourteener is a mountain of 14,000 feet or greater peak elevation. My daughter, Allison, thought it would be fun and encouraged me to go with her. I consider myself to be in good physical shape, but strange things start to happen when you’re at those high altitudes and the air thins out. The hike came down to accountability, accountability

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Open Your Eyes – See Your Workplace Culture

What is going on in your workplace culture? Do you see what is happening in your workplace culture? Is your workplace culture a culture by design, meaning that you created it to provide a specific experience for your people. Or is your workplace culture a culture by default, meaning that anything goes within the confines of your organization. Recently the head coach of Northwestern University was fired because of hazing that was going on in

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Dear Leader – Don’t Help Me Do, Help Me Be

Over the years I’ve discovered two types of leaders. Maybe you’ll recognize these two types of leaders and see yourself in one roll or the other. I can say that, at one time, I have fallen into one category of leader but now I feel that I’m in the other type of leader. So, what are the two types of leaders? Are you a leader that helps people do or are you a leader that

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Culture of Growth: How Fostering Employee Development Leads to Business Success

Want to be a leader who positions their people to build a wildly successful organization? Want to be the leader that employees commit to, love working for, and are always willing to go above and beyond to ensure the success of the organization? Want accountability in your team, insane profits on the bottom line, and a reputation in the industry of being THE company to work for? Here are the six ways of thinking and

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Is It Still Cheating If You Don’t Get Caught?

Have you ever heard this before? Recently I heard someone ask, “Is it still cheating if you don’t get caught?” and I just stood there in disbelief. What does getting caught or not getting caught have to do with whether or not you cheated? By this reasoning, then it’s not a lie unless someone catches you lying. Cheating is cheating and lying is lying. All too often I see business people, athletes, and other individuals

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Accountability is Reciprocal

“I’m going to hold you accountable.” This is what I hear many leaders say. The truth is that holding people accountable doesn’t work. That is a taskmaster / servant relationship. This relationship does not inspire people to choose to be accountable, to be their very best. Only when someone is their very best can your organization be its very best. A workplace where people are inspired to be accountable is an environment that will attract

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How Do You Develop Great Leaders?

Very frequently I get asked the question, “How do you develop great leaders?” It is a question as old as time. And it is a very important question. Great leaders develop great leaders. Great leadership is all about growing people and preparing them and the organization for a bright future. Everything rises and falls on leadership so the need to develop those great leaders is ongoing. Developing great leaders requires the following: Modeling Teaching Coaching

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Does Purpose Drive Accountability?

As I was out for a workout this morning, I came upon a bus stop where the children were loading for school. A mother was there watching as her older children boarded   the bus. After the bus closed its doors and drove off, the mother was left with her younger child. They needed to cross the busy street to go home. The mother held her child’s hand as she looked both ways before walking across the

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Accountability is Leadership

At The Accountability Institute™ we get calls from leaders all the time. Many times, a leader calls to say they want help with their people; they want their people to be more accountable. As soon as we hear this, I know that there is an accountability problem and a workplace culture problem. But the problem is not what the leader thinks it is. The accountability problem and the workplace culture problem are not the people’s

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