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Personal Accountability

Recently we talked about the importance of peer-to-peer accountability and the willingness to call out your peers when their actions and behaviors are hurting the team. Before you can even get to that level of trust with your co-workers, you must first be accountable to yourself. Mr. Webster says this about accountability: to be answerable. Let me please share with you a great poem titled "The Man in the Glass." It does a wonderful job of stressing the importance of being answerable to just one person in your life—that one person who's staring back at you in the mirror. The Man in the Glass When you get ...

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