Accountability for what?

Management courses define accountability as “ownership of goals”. Employees define accountability as “getting fired for doing something wrong”.  Everything in the middle could be called the “fear factor”. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.  

There are team members out there who are excited to set production goals, but they are few and far between.  They come to work loaded for bear and blow the lid off production…for a while…until they get recruited by another company…or burn out….or lose their family because they’re never home in time for dinner.  I was that person right out of college up until our first child was born.  Then suddenly someone shoved a stick in the hamster wheel and I had to re-focus on what matters most.  Perhaps that reflection is what raised the question that is the title of this post.  

What do you see when you take a long look in the mirror?