Accountability is about making sure that others are productive, and holding them accountable for doing their part to meet their objectives to make your organization successful.
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The raging fires throughout Northern California now appear to be the worst fire disaster in California history.
It may seem like closing the barn door after the horse is gone, but now is a good time to consider what you can do to be better prepared for an unexpected disaster.
I know our friends, colleagues and clients in Santa Rosa and the wine country of Sonoma and Napa continue to suffer immeasurable pain and loss from the tragedy and devastation brought about by the raging fires in Northern California.
Our hearts and prayers go out to all of them, with best wishes for their personal safety and complete recovery from this unprecedented disaster.
Are You Ready?
Apart from calls to friends and family to make sure they’re safe, out of harm’s way and, hopefully, not facing property loss, the first thing I’ve heard from people everywhere is:
“Am I prepared if this happens to me?”
At a recent Leadercast event, Andy Stanley spoke about bravery and encouraged everyone to concentrate on the “WOW” of every idea, not the “HOW”.
Always asking “HOW” saps the energy from new ideas and grounds it in the impossible before it’s even born.
Give it a chance. Don’t think “How will I ever do that?” … rather …
“Wow! That’s a cool idea. Let’s see if we can find a way to do that!”
Mark Twain said it well. Let’s see if we can DO IT well.
No, I don’t want to count the hours (honestly, thousands over 30 years) I’ve devoted to learning about Productivity … its processes, workflows, tools … and more.
If you’ve been an Exkalibur Subscriber for long, you have seen a wide and deep range of Productivity articles from me over the years.
ON THE FRONT LINES OF PRODUCTIVITY
I have spent over 30 years on the front lines of productivity, testing hundreds … more likely thousands … of tools and workflows … long before the first desktop computer.
I really dug in when I bought my first Apple computer in 1984 and discovered programs like VisiCalc, a predecessor to Excel, and Filemaker, now an Apple subsidiary, but then an independent database developer.
THE CRASH TEST DUMMY OF PRODUCTIVITY
It’s not too late to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s built for leaders who want to become more effective, and frankly, are sick and tired of chasing people down to get things done.
It’s at Noon tomorrow, Tuesday, September 26. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.
You’ll receive a framework, tools and proven methods to help you build an accountability framework that will help you Get the Right Things Done with less stress and more success.
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Don’t forget to sign up for our FREE Webinar, How to Create an Accountable Organization. It’s at Noon this Wednesday, September 20. If you sign up and can’t make it, we’ll send you the replay.
Question: What are you doing TODAY to make sure you paint your masterpiece?
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Among many things, the Special Forces are famous for this credo: Leave No One Behind.
How does that apply to your leadership?
Leave No Man (or Woman) Behind
The Navy SEALS are famous for many things, but one of their credos we often hear about is Leave No Man Behind. (We’ll give them a pass on the single sex reference since women were not allowed in military combat roles until January, 2016.)
This concept is often attributed to the elite U.S. Army Rangers, who have this language as part of their creed:
“I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy.”
Similar language can be found in the Soldier’s Creed – “I will never leave a fallen comrade” – as well as the Airman’s Creed – “I will never leave an Airman behind.”
The Latin version, nemo resideo, is even the motto of the Marine Corps’ Personnel Retrieval and Processing Company, the team charged with retrieving the remains of fallen service members from the battlefield.
For them that means, at all costs, do not leave a fallen comrade on the field. Bring him or her home even at great risk to yourself.
Footnote: After 18 months, the first woman enlisted to become a Navy SEAL this past summer. So, it’s time to change the mantra to “Leave No Man or Woman Behind.” I would love to tell her story, but her identity and training progress are, so far, confidential to protect the candidate’s personal security and “career viability as a future special operator”.
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