Category Archive: Accountability

How to Stop Aspiration from Becoming Toxic Desperation

Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” I’m not sure the masses are quietly desperate. But maybe you know what Thoreau was writing about. Any dream you can’t act-toward… Continue reading

One Year Ago Today: The Path From Empathy to Accountability

This post was published one year ago today. (11-15-2019) The ability to manage schedules, operate machines, or take someone’s temperature has nothing to do with leading. The challenges of leadership are human, not… Continue reading

How Accountability Stops Chinese Water Torture

You can’t prove that dripping water on someone’s forehead eventually drives them insane without risking someone’s sanity. But the Myth Busters verified the power of Chinese Water Torture. The stress of nagging issues,… Continue reading

The 4C’s of Accountability that Increase Performance and Lower Stress

“Holding people accountable” feels oppressive – like pressuring reluctant people to do something they resist. Insecurity, lack of clarity, and lack of follow-up make accountability frustrating. Frustration turns accountability into punishment.   Develop… Continue reading

Bank Robbers Who Make Deposits

Rural drivers are dangerous. We own both sides of the road. Chances of meeting a driver coming the other direction are low. I’m more likely to meet a deer than a car when… Continue reading

Leadership Derailers: Blind Spots – I’m So Awesome

I’m so awesome! There are a dozen yellow roses on the counter in our house. I bought them for my bride. Frankly, she receives flowers much more than on Valentine’s Day. I’m a… Continue reading