I am responsible for the results I’m getting. When I’m getting good results, I’m glad this is true. When I’m not getting good results, well…I wish someone else was responsible. But I can’t avoid it—I’m responsible.
When I think about being responsible, what comes to mind includes:
- Reading the following in Upstream: “Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets” (loc 331). Since I designed the system, I’m responsible. Ouch!
- Talking with a trusted advisor about a challenging situation and hearing him say, “You made the decisions. You’re responsible.”
- Listening to How Life Works and hearing, “Whatever results you’re getting right now, there’s a recipe that’s producing that, and that recipe is a thinking recipe…the only way to change the results is to change the…recipe.” Since my thinking is the basis of the recipe for the result I’m getting, I’m responsible.
- Realizing that when my results improve, I get to take responsibility!
How about you? How responsible are you for the results you’re getting?
But the good news about being responsible is that I can do something about the results I’m getting. I can find better ways to handle things, I can make better decisions, and I can improve both my thinking and the systems I create. I can ask more questions and give less advice, I can multiply more and accidentally diminish less, and I can learn about best practices instead of relying only on what I’ve already learned.
Here’s what I’m learning:
- At the Table with Patrick Lencioni: 60. Sometimes Democracy Sucks: “Everyone should weigh in…. They weigh in so they can buy in…not so they can have their way….”
- Leading with Trust: Use This Survey to Conduct a Trust Tune-Up with Your Team: “Trusting teams are able. They possess the skills, knowledge, and expertise to perform their work. They achieve their goals and demonstrate the ability to make smart decisions and solve problems.”
- Teach & Coach Into: “To be a leader is to be a teacher.”
What about you? How do you feel about the results you’re getting? How responsible are you for the results you’re getting? What can you do to improve your results?
P.S. Bonus! Here’s a list of 10 quotations from things I’ve read or listened to that contain the word results:
- “…your success is interdependent with the success of others, from subordinates and your boss to your peers and an array of external stakeholders. You judge your results by whether you succeed and also by how many others succeed along with you” (You’re It: Crisis, Change, and How to Lead When It Matters Most, p. 155).
- “…real teamwork requires tangible, specific behaviors: vulnerability-based trust, healthy conflict, active commitment, peer-to-peer accountability, and a focus on results” (The Ideal Team Player, loc 199).
- “With the right habits, anyone can dramatically increase results and become a high performer in almost any field of endeavor” (High Performance Habits, p.12).
- “Communication builds trust. Trust generates commitment. Commitment fosters teamwork, and teamwork delivers great results” (The Power of Positive Leadership, loc 1416).
- To lead well, coaching is not optional; it’s foundational. And when coaching is done in concert with teaching and modeling, the development of those you lead will be well-rounded, with powerful results” (Lead, Develop, Care, p. 122).
- “How good is my own track record? How likely would someone be to hire me based on it? • How good am I at identifying desired results and executing effectively to accomplish those results? Does my performance inspire confidence and trust?” (The Speed of Trust, p. 115)
- “An unclear vision will not produce the results you’re after” (The Vision Driven Leader:, loc 1099).
- “When we try to ‘win’ arguments by whatever means are at our disposal, including persuasion, bribery, threats, and other tools of force, we don’t end up getting the results we hope for” (Why Are We Yelling?, loc 221).
- “Where is scarcity in your thinking impeding the best results?” (Management Mess to Leadership Success)
- “…culture is the unseen force that drives operating results” (Lead to Win: How to Create a Collaborative Team Culture).