aka ‘Whose Job is It to Clean Up the Employee Staff Room?’

Accountability! We all want it but we usually want it in others. However, it doesn’t work that way in life or in the workplace. With all the finger pointing that goes on in some work places about who isn’t doing whatever needs to get done, it’s pretty amazing some days that anything gets done at all.

Why is that? And who are those people that never seem to step up and take responsibility for getting things done? You already know them! They avoid taking on any of the heavy lifting and when a project is nearing a huge successful completion, they magically appear to help carry the project to the finish line.

Why are these employees so resistant to tackling challenges? It is because personal accountability takes perseverance and personal commitment. When things get difficult and viable solutions seem to be impossible, it’s those people with personal accountability who step up and take up the challenges.

B.J. Gallagher and Steve Ventura, authors of a book called, Who Are “They” Anyway? have written a book about a tale of achieving success at work through personal accountability. They identify the most important words of personal accountability:

The 10 most important words:
I won’t wait for others to take the first step.
The 9 most important words:
If it is to be, it’s up to me.
The 8 most important words:
If not me, who? If not now, when?
The 7 most important words:
Let me take a shot at it.
The 6 most important words:
I will not pass the buck.
The 5 most important words:
You can count on me.
The 4 most important words:
It IS my job!
The 3 most important words:
Just do it!
The 2 most important words:
I will.
The most important word:

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