Blame or Accountability

Is It Blame or Is It Accountability? --  When we seek those 
accountable for a particular failure, we risk blaming them instead, 
because many of us confuse accountability with blame.  What's the 
difference between them?  How can we keep blame at bay?
 
Today's reading comes from the Chaco Canyon newsletter.  In it Rick
Brenner explores key differences between "accountable" and "blame"
noting, in particular, accountability's focus on organizational learning
and the prevention of future failures.

Ten Minutes

As all of your know by now, I read a lot from a lot of sources.
Yesterday, a newsletter called Marketplace Moments written by a friend,
Randy Kilgore, reached my desk.  It carries a story which I want to
repeat:
 
"It's December 17, 1941. The citizens of the town of North Platte,
Nebraska heard a rumor that a troop train carrying their sons and
daughters to war would be stopping at the depot in their town for about
ten minutes.

Mastering Q and A

We all do presentations and after the presentation there is always
questions and answers.  While the questions and your answers do not
add all that much content to what you had to say, how you answer
plays into how your audience evaluates you and what you had to say;
presence and presentation again.
 
Today's -- really yesterday's -- reading is a short piece from a
recent Point Lookout newsletter -- Mastering Q and A.

Notes from Leadership Jazz

One of my favorite books on leadership is Leadership Jazz by Max DePree.
Max was chairman of the board of Herman Miller for many years.
Leadership Jazz is primarily a set of personal stories about leadership.
I first read the book about 10 years ago and have found that rereading
it as well as a set of notes that I took one time has really been
helpful.
 
For this weeks reading, I am sending you my notes the book's chapter
on delegation.

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