Holding Ourselves Accountable

Quote of the Week

“Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.”
H.L. Hunt

Holding Ourselves Accountable

by Christopher Gergen and Gregg Vanourek

It is all too easy to speed through life with our eyes focused only on the road ahead. The challenge is scanning the horizon from time to time to determine where we are headed. To stay on track, we need to take regular stock of our decisions and actions. Reflection keeps us focused on the right priorities and accountable to our vision and goals.

To hold ourselves accountable, we should adopt a regular routine of checking progress against our goals, ensuring that our actions reflect our priorities (Gergen & Vanourek, 2008, p. 147-148).

Reference: Gergen, C. & Vanourek, G. (2008). Life entrepreneurs: ordinary people creating extraordinary lives. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114, http://leadershipcenter.osu.edu.

Coaching Call to Action

In a recent conversation with a number of clients we’ve talked about taking time out on a regular basis to plan and assess. David Allen, in Getting Things Done, calls this The Weekly Review. Unless you take this time to reflect, you can lose sight of the big picture. This week, spend some quiet time looking at your 2009 goals. What changes do you need to make so that you can truly celebrate 2009?