Accountable Accountability

I’ve been looking at a lot of blogs tonight. There are a lot of people with a lot of great ideas, insight, experience, things to say, etc. How come work is still lame for most people ? Why do we keep doing the same ridiculous things in our businesses and other organizations? How come all of these geniuses (such as myself) have so much to say but nothing to do? Harold Geneen (sp?) once said, ”

“It is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises but only performance is reality.”

Why can’t we execute? There are books upon books on change, leadership, the right way to do things, and even a few with the word “execution” in their titles, but what makes it so dang hard?

I think our corporate cultures, maybe even societal norms, have gotten the best of us. Perhaps our overwieght, entitled society has finally taken over the office en masse. Things don’t seem to be really based on performance. I have personally witnessed in many companies that the best path to promotion is to come up with the next greatest idea, begin implementation, and get promoted before it fully goes through (and fully falls apart). 

In the end, I think there are very few business people that are committed to the longevity of their organizations – most executives are on the personal compensation success path, which uncannily enough, is not tied to organizational success.

Perhaps its time for simple, good ole’, basic accountability. And maybe we ought to start with being accountable for accountability – that is to say, how about holding organizations, businesses, leadership teams, and just ordinary people, accountable for simply practicing accountability in the first place? Forget following-up with them on fiscal responsibility or whatever some brilliant manager said we should put our thumb on; lets just start with making an accounting of how much we are held accountable, and how much we hold others accountable. 


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