Decmeber 2008

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Message from Pat - Accountability


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Message from Pat - Accountability

"It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable."


"Accountability" seems to be the buzz word for my clients lately. This has been coming up a bit over the past year, but it seems to be more predominant now than ever before.

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I remember working in companies when the question, "Who is accountable for this work?" was asked by the boss. We knew, deep down that he was looking for one individual to blame. It was viewed as negative and we were always looking for someone else to be accountable so we didn't get blamed.

There were also situations when we would wait and hope that someone else would take the accountability baton because we didn't want to be accountable in that specific situation. This is the space of excuses and "I can't" behavior. It's where we believe we are controlled by our circumstances.

And there is always claiming the glory for a great solution because we were accountable for the task when in fact, the glory was due to someone else on the team not directly accountable for that specific task.

Accountability has many definitions, but the one that is primarily used in the work environment is the one at "the state of being accountable, liable, or answerable."

You know you are accountable when:

  • You have a mind-set to care about the results
  • You can sort the facts from the fiction and know that something needs to be change
  • You care about the method of achieving those results in addition to the results
  • You have a sense of ownership to get great results for your customer, your team, and yourself
  • You take responsibility for your actions and their impact, your decisions and their results
  • You create an environment of respect and trust
  • You take ownership of the team goals in addition to your personal goals
  • There is a commitment to achieving goals and objects that drives your behavior and the choices you make
  • An environment is built where people can safely learn from mistakes.
  • You just don't talk about results, you get results. You solve problems that others just don't want to tackle. You not only "Can Do", you consistently "Do"

A teacher of mine, Dr. Rodger Dean Duncan, said, "People who psychologically "own" a problem are much more likely to solve it than people who merely acknowledge that a problem exists. The symptoms of psychological ownership are intense interest, passion, determination, and the persistent investment of energy. Psychological ownership reminds us of the old joke about ham and eggs. The chicken is merely involved, the pig is truly committed."

When faced with the "Who's accountable" question ask yourself the following questions:

  • What does accountability "look like" to you? What does it "look like" to the person to whom you're delegating?
  • How will you be absolutely sure that someone is accountable?
  • What are the agreed expectations on the deliverables and all other aspects of the task?
  • Who will be involved and where, when and how will accountability meetings occur?

Effective leaders are accountable for holding themselves and others accountable....consistently.

"One of the annoying things about believing in free will and individual responsibility is the difficulty of finding somebody to blame your problems on. And when you do find somebody, it's remarkable how often his picture turns up on your driver's license."

~ P. J. O'Rourke

Step into leading and play a Bigger Game in your life...don't wait...model leadership...the World needs us to do this.

Lead strong!



by: Rev. Charles Swindoll, Source Unknown

The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, then circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say, or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company, a church, a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.

We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.

Hot Links!

  • The 3 A's of Accountability a short YouTube video with a message about being accountable.

  • The Responsibility Project: Check out this website. It has some really great resources and links about being accountable and responsible today!

  • Leadership speaker Pete Luongo discusses individual accountability in another short YouTube video: Accountability.

Workshops and Group Visioning Talks:

"A wonderful workshop which is very inspirational and important for anyone who is trying to find their way through life."
~ Ryan Hendren

What is it you're in this life to do? What Vision do you hold for your life, your work, how you seek to change to the world?

Your unique vision directs the way you integrate your spirit, relationships, mastery, principles and gifts, your trials and wisdom, resources and desires - how you place yourself in context with Humanity. It's your Quest.

The Vision Statement Movie workshop is a deeply edifying opportunity using specially-designed technology and imagination to help you see and feel your purpose in a creative new experience. Workshop participants have said, "It's captivating!" "It's magical." Find out more at

"Quote For Your Day!"

"When you die, God and the angels will hold you accountable for all the pleasures you were allowed in this life that you denied yourself."

~ Anonymous

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Until next time, I wish you joy and fun and ease and effortlessness!

Pat Obuchowski
CEO, Chief Empowerment Officer

Helping people step into their roles as leaders in their businesses, their communities and the world. Helping people and organizations find their "Bigger Game™".

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Brief Biography:

Pat Obuchowski is the CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) of inVisionaria. inVisionaria is a company devoted to helping people and organizations find and achieve their vision and their voice. She works with individuals and organizations that are looking for structure, focus and accountability to set and achieve their goals. She also works with people who are ready to make big changes in their businesses and their lives and step into the leaders they've been yearning to be. People who are ready, willing and able to begin playing their "Bigger Game." No kidding. Right now.

The approach to achieve this and create this alliance is individually based and is designed between Pat and each of her clients.


"Bravo to Pat Obuchowski and the Rocketship team. Pat came to a meeting of our Board of Directors and went away with enough information to do the first draft of our vision statement. She helped us get clear on our Vision and helped us to remember our organization's purpose and mission and focus on that. The process was fun and not at all time consuming. The amazing results were well worth the resources we invested in the process. We now have the vision statement on our website ( When we opened our chapter meeting with the Vision Statement, our members laughed, cheered, and applauded with enthusiasm. Our Vision statement keeps our members on the same page with our mission and helping each other to make a difference in the life of others. It has taken on a life of its own 'rocket fuel'."

~ Ellen Taliaferro, MD; Program Chair, National Speakers Association of Northern California (NSA/NC)


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