Working for Your Inner Boss: Personal Accountability
Members of business organizations who want to increase their effectiveness at work while exercising more control over their own day-to-day activities and improving their ability to meet long-term personal career goals
Most employees in business organizations must answer to someone else. From the top of the organization chart to the bottom, nearly every manager and employee must look to a supervisor, a director, or even a customer to establish priorities, assign tasks, set deadlines, and evaluate results. Whoever gives this direction is called the boss. On one level, the boss decides how employees will perform their jobs. How well an employee meets requirements set by the boss determines whether that employee succeeds or fails, receives rewards or penalties, and earns praise or criticism. On another level however, the judgment of an external boss isn’t enough to make a job personally fulfilling and rewarding. That’s something all employees of an organization decide for themselves. Everyone who works must also answer to an inner boss, a personal, internal voice that provides guidance on whether a job is worth doing and whether it is done well. Accepting personal accountability for your work means your inner boss sets demanding standards and that you’re willing to commit to meeting those standards and answer for the results of your work. In this course, you’ll learn how to listen to your own inner boss, how to identify your internal standards, how to create a plan to meet those standards, and how to apply your inner boss’s guidance to gain more control over your work, your goals, and your future.
Exploring Personal Accountability
- identify the benefits of defining the values that drive personal accountability.
- identify the statements that demonstrate characteristics of personal accountability.
- identify examples of statements that isolate a person’s motivating work values in a given scenario.
- match categories in a work values matrix with the values each one contains in a given scenario.
Putting Personal Accountability to Work
- identify benefits of practicing personal accountability at work.
- select appropriate examples of the elements of a personal accountability plan.
- sequence examples of the steps for validating an accountability plan.
- gain validation for a plan to exercise personal accountability in a given scenario.
- select examples of statements that should be included in an accountability self-assessment.
- present a self-assessment that demonstrates personal accountability in a given scenario.