Updated: Aug 6
July 29th, Accountable...
Accountability seems to be occupying my mind today - not sure why - I feel like it is something I have lived my whole life.
Clifton Strengths Finder test shows 'Responsibility' as one of my top five. I have never had an issue, in fairness, of owning my behavior, my results. In a group, the credit belonged to all, a misstep I would take on. With family, I tried to be available, accessible, reliable as asked or needed. I took personally, to a point, the raising of my kids - but then allowing them to also be accountable to their choices and actions. What if it's important because of its links to integrity, honesty, accomplishment, success, capacity - all values I find important.
It is an interesting exercise in contradictions in my life now. Supposedly, I was 'removed' from my work around the issue of accountability...to have a career now where I serve in some ways as an Accountabuddy to others through advising and coaching. I see more clearly the threat an accountability quality is to those that do not possess it or want to be. With him in my thoughts a lot today, I hold dearly dad's comment, "You are the only one capable of leading both businesses" (like he did)...an acknowledgment of such a trait?
I think I have exhausted my obsessing on it for the moment!! And should practice it by being on time to work.
Hmmm, accountabuddy…day 17!
Thank you if you choose to join the journey. Let's hope it is more fun than tears!