The Road to Accountability

Leadership is taking responsibility while others are making excuses - John C. Maxwell

One of the most common malaise affecting a large population of people, both in our personal and in our professional life is our propensity to wait for someone else to act, take initiative, assume blame, or take charge. But very often, no help comes.

The above point is made in a rather funny video called, “Stuck on an escalator”. Have a look:

While the situation and the video is quite ridiculous and people often begin laughing at the preposterous reactions of the three individuals depicted in the short clip, the video is an analogy of something far more complicated than simply being stuck on an escalator. The message is that “Most problems are easy to solve – if we just get off the escalator.” Taking ownership and holding ourselves accountable though, is easier said than done – because it challenges our current way of working.

 
 

In the famous children’s story The Wizard of Oz, the Yellow Brick Road was a path to change for the story’s characters. As in any “road” story, to reach their destination and to get what they were traveling for, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodsman, and the Cowardly Lion had to approach their problems and challenges in a different way. To reach their destination, achieve their goal, and accomplish the desired result, each of them had to think and act in ways that were different from those that had been familiar and comfortable.

While initially, all of them believed that the problem was “out there” – they eventually realise that by learning new ways of thinking and acting – by taking accountability – they got the results that they were seeking all along.

Through an engaging workshop experience woven around this children’s fable, interspersed with experiential activities, FocusU gives participants a new way to think about the concepts of Ownership and Accountability – to use it in a day to day manner. The workshop comes alive by the use of a series of self-assessments that help participants understand the concepts better – and in applying it immediately in their own lives.

The key take-aways that the workshop targets to achieve with participants are:

1) Below the line versus Above the line behaviours
2) Common stages of “Playing the victim”
3) Individual accountability versus joint accountability. “I win when we win” attitude
4) Feedback versus Feedforward – as an antidote
5) Taking ownership for results
6) Moving beyond reasons – the “What else can I do” attitude
7) The Noah Principle

If getting your team to take up Ownership and Accountability is a conversation that you want to engage your team in - FocusU invites you to explore The Road to Accountability workshop!

Contact us today - we will be glad to meet up and discuss the possibilities for your team!

  • 30th October 2018 was a day full of learning and experience with the FocusU Team. This was the first session conducted for our Leadership team where we learnt the concept of Growth Mindset & Accountability. As a People’s company, everyone knows and understands the concept, however the kind of activities and experiential learning programmed by the FocusU team added an element of excitement and gave us enough room to think and play around it.

    As one of the prime takeaways, we learnt the principle of See it, Own it, Solve it and Do it. Great effort was put into make the overall session very logical coupled with the de-briefs after summing up each activity.The session got wrapped up with a team picture and a short video of the experiences captured by the team in a nutshell. The TrueBlue India LLP team wishes you all the best for the future inventions in the Learning and evolving world of success.

    Divya Chauhan
    L&D Partner, TrueBlue India LLP

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