Category Archives: Accountability

08 Jan

Accountability – the Decisive Element

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can

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22 Nov

Giving Thanks for You

“You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself. That is something you have charge of.” –Jim Rohn The holidays are upon us. I hear over and again that holidays are “stressful,” that they “disrupt,” that they keep us from “business as usual.” Some

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18 Oct

Who Decides?

“I have come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element. It is my personal approach that creates the climate. It is my daily mood that makes the weather. I possess tremendous power to make life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration; I can

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11 Aug

More on Accountability and Choice

Here is your quote for the week: “Our past experiences and our present circumstances have absolutely no power other than [what] we choose to give them.” Bob Proctor, from The ABCs of Success. It is so hard at times for people to see beyond their past experiences and their current circumstances.  It is easy to

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08 Jul

Invictus – The Power to Choose

My son just finished 7th grade. At the closing ceremony, his class recited this classic poem: Invictus –William Ernest Henley Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be For my unconquerable soul. In the fell clutch of circumstance I have not winced

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31 Jan

A Brilliant Woman on Accountability

A very very short blog post today – you are welcome. Get back to your weekend! “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.” –Maya Angelou

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11 Nov

Accountability – Learning from my Choices

As some of you know, I am in the middle of facilitating a book study group for attorneys. We are studying my book – Coaching for Attorneys: Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance. We are currently covering the chapter on accountability. If you are unfamiliar with this material, we define “accountability” somewhat different from the way

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21 May

Accountability (in Business and Everywhere) = I have choice

Accountability is ownership of our results – a willingness to look at what we have (the report is on time; the report is late; I was on time; I was late) and ask, “How am I responsible for this outcome?”  The recognize ownership, however, requires that one recognize one has choice.  Our lack of ownership

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16 May

Excuses, Excuses – Learning About Accountability

As a coach working with businesspeople to make changes, grow, balance their lives and achieve goals, my foundational principle is accountability. I teach class series’; I coach one-on-one and in groups; and you can ask any of the people I work with about what is indispensable to reaching one’s goals and they will tell you

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02 Feb

Coaching for Attorneys – Accountability is Key

Here is an excerpt from my new book, Coaching for Attorneys:  Improving Productivity and Achieving Balance: Conscious choice is the key to empowerment.  We are always choosing.  The question is whether we are choosing consciously or unconsciously.  The more conscious you are in your choice-making, the more likely you are to get what you want.

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04 Dec

How do we Choose?

Quick quiz:  What is coaching?  Okay; too broad?  Try this question: what is the purpose of coaching?  The purpose of coaching is to bring awareness to the choices you make and the choices you  have in order to get what you want in your business and your life.  When you hire a performance coach it

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27 Nov

The Window and The Mirror

All the classes I teach have an element of accountability training in them.  In my view, accountability is about taking ownership for your actions and your results.  If you want to learn (a lot) more about accountability, look on the right side of the blog posts on my blog page and click on “accountability.” The

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15 Nov

Saying “Yes” = Saying “No”

Consider this:  Every time you say “yes” to something, you are saying “no,” to something else. For example: “Yes; I will finish the project today” = “No; I won’t be home on time for dinner.” “Yes, let’s buy that house” = “No; we won’t be going to Hawaii this year.” Some of the yes/no relationships

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30 Jul

The Deeper Level of Accountability

Accountability, Part V, Deeper Learning If you have been following my blogs and articles over the last several months, you have learned quite a bit about the process of accountability.  I have presented this concept as a way to take ownership in your life.  “Take ownership” means to accept your responsibility for generating the results

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14 Jun

Accountability Payoffs (and Prices)

Accountability, Part IV This is the fourth in a series of blogs on the concept of accountability – the ability to account for one’s actions and results.  I spend a lot of time on accountability because it is such an empowering concept and when taken to heart and truly internalized it allows you to begin

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04 May

Accountability, Part III, The Power of Language

Accountability, Part III The Power of Language Accountability is:  the ability to account for my choices and my results.  The value of holding yourself accountable at all times is that it provides true ability to make change and get what you want.  True power.  For thorough discussion, please go to the two prior months’ blogs. 

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28 Mar

Empowerment Through Accountability, Part II

Empowerment Through Accountability, Part II Last month, my blog introduced the concept of accountability.  We discussed that accountability is the opposite of victimhood.  When you are accountable, you take ownership for your results; when you are in a state of victimhood, you blames things outside yourself for your results.  As such, accountability is the key

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21 Feb

Empowering Yourself to Make Sustainable Change

Empowering Yourself to Create Sustainable Change On Tuesday I spoke to a group of Sacramento small business owners and entrepreneurs on the topic of accountability. When I advertised this event, I chose not to use the word “accountability.” Why not? you may wonder. As a coach, this word is one I use regularly. And when

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22 Apr

Trust-Building Behavior #10 – Practice Accountability

Trust-Building Practice #10 – Practice Accountability                 This is my favorite trust-building tip.  I teach this principle to all my clients because true accountability is an empowering practice.  I believe it is the key to personal freedom – freedom from being (feeling that we are) at the effect of all our circumstances, freedom from feeling we

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03 Feb

Trust-Building Behavior #4 — Right Wrongs

Trust-Building Behavior #4 – Right Wrongs It is easy to ignore and avoid acknowledging when we make mistakes or break agreements.   This is particularly true if no one knows what we have done.  And also particularly true if we have made a mistake and are (1) embarrassed; (2) afraid the people involved will be mad;

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