R in Breakthrough equals Responsibility
Part two of the twelve part series on learning how to Breakthrough to the Next Level.
R in Breakthrough equals Responsibility
Responsibility is at the core for every breakthrough and success in your life. Without this valuable trait, any path would get you to someone Else’s goal or objective.
Some people are still asking about the word responsibility and what does it mean? In fact, if you use the dictionary to get the definition – you get one of those circular definitions – Responsibility – the act of being responsible. Confused? Yes.
Okay, here is my take on the word and its meaning. Being true to your word, delivering upon the outcomes you committed to achieve without excuses, to offer no blame upon others while searching inside for cause and effect relationships.
Some contemporary types have used the phrase – your ability to respond with positive actions and effort to accomplish projects and deeds. Now I like the “ability to respond” as a catch phrase that is easy to remember since it uses parts of the word – response-ability.
What all this boils down to is you must be accountable for your actions, dependable in your performance of objectives and goals, and reliable to achieve your targets, objectives and goals. It all means you do what you said you would do! No rocket science here. Yet, I encounter adults every week, who take a position that other people and conditions cause ALL their problems – without even taking a simple glance inside to evaluate their effort.
The ability to take personal responsibility is the trait that separates the leaders and high performers from the thundering herd of average or below average performers. And, you will recognize the difference when you hear the “blame game” tactics of the losers. That’s right – losers! No cover up here. The plain truth is winners take and accept full responsibility for their actions. The winners choose to do the right things – even when pressured to do other things. When confronted with an incomplete task, they take the heat rather than blame someone else.
On the subject of leaders, the reason I moved into focusing upon people and the quality of leadership was in part due to recognizing the importance of being responsible. Let me share a true story:
For five years I worked as a turnaround consultant – helping companies move away from near bankruptcy to becoming financially healthy and independent. During this time period, I worked with two separate and similar companies – one in East Texas and the other in South Louisiana. The companies had similar issues, markets and product lines. While it was unusual to work with such similar companies, they were not direct competitors. And, I looked forward to implementing the processes and systems for getting them back on track.
Interestingly, I used the same plan to turnaround their respective performance and implemented the plans within a week of each other. Then the results began to come in. To my surprise, one company did not improve while the other began to turn the corner and improve within one month. What was the difference in results?
The company that got back on track had a leader who had taken full responsibility for the situation his company was in and was fully prepared to take all the actions necessary to improve its condition. He liked his employees and staff, he liked his customers and knew they wanted to be served, he knew outside factors were the same for all companies and were not to be blamed for his company’s issues. He stated to me – “This happened on my watch! I will do whatever is necessary to get back on track.” In other words, he took full responsibility for the current situation and what had to be done to improve the situation. This person was a real leader.
The other company had a leader who blamed everyone else for his problems. He stated to me that his employees were bad, worthless, and lazy and he had to watch them closely. He stated his customers were taking advantage of him and the situation, they were asking for the unreasonable, and “he hated them.” Then, he added the economy was bad, the governor was stupid and corrupt, the government regulations were taking him down. In other words, it was everybody but him that caused his problems – the blame game was in full force. This company was actually leaderless and met its demise due entirely to mismanagement and a total lack of responsibility.
The impact or effect upon me was a serious reexamination of what was really important to organizations. The reality was it was not so much the systems and processes that led to high performance. It was the quality of the people and leaders within the organization that created continuous and breakthrough performance and success. I changed my focus and my life at that moment to helping people and leaders get to the next level.
My question to you – Are You Taking Full Responsibility for Your Actions?
The answer to this question will determine if you have personal leadership ability, no matter what position title you hold today. Whether you are the leader of an organization, one of the employees of an organization or even an owner of an organization, the results you achieve will be directly related to the level of responsibility you take. And it must be 100% – no fudge factor here.
Get ready to break out and breakthrough to the next level when you take full 100% responsibility for your life and your results in everything you do.
See you are the next level.