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In this new global era, meeting expectations simply isn’t enough anymore. If you’re only doing what is required, are you doing your best?

Could you do more or are you already on edge? Doing the bare minimum translates to average, mediocre, just like everyone else. Bare minimum is weak and half-brilliant.

Brilliant men are accountable to doing things right. Men who abuse women in their twisted thinking believe they are doing the right thing. Little do they realize that they are abusing the enemy – en-a-me.Brilliant men who achieve great things push themselves to go the extra mile. Not because they have to or because someone makes them, but because they want to…because they are accountable to themselves.

Personal accountability isn’t about a paycheck, a bonus or the end game. It’s about stretching yourself, pushing yourself to learn and grow. Practicing personal accountability is fulfilling and, yes, satisfying.

You are responsible for producing work that matters.

Big Brother (in this case, the leadership of your place of business) doesn’t have time to look over your shoulder to see if you’re focusing on the right activities consistently, using the company’s time wisely, and spending the company’s resources prudently.

When you were hired, you in effect agreed to an unwritten contract that you would take personal responsibility for your actions and represent the organization at all times in a positive light.

How are you doing so far in this regard?

Certainly, it is more difficult to be personally accountable to a job, an organization or a volunteer assignment if you’re unsure of your future employment or arrangement. However, I believe that’s the very time when it’s most critical to be personally accountable. Give what author James O’Toole calls “extra effort that is based on innovative ideas, willingness to serve customers and engagement in work tasks.” Drive value for your organization, your team, your position, and you’ll almost guarantee your continued employment, even in uncertain economic times.
– Simon T. Bailey