“Star Wars” accountability

  1. February 28th, 2012  | 

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Though I’m not a huge “Star Wars” fan, there’s a line from one of the films that sums up my thoughts on accountability.

Accountability is a form of commitment. Commitment – as Yoda instructs Luke Skywalker – starts in your head and can become a powerful force in the lives of those you lead and influence. Without commitment, little can be accomplished.

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OK, back to “Star Wars.” Ardent fans may recall the scene vividly. Luke Skywalker must retrieve an object that’s sinking into the muck and vital to his mission. It appears all is lost. “Oh no,” Luke says, “we’ll never get it out now.”

Ever hear that from your colleagues? Giving up before starting. Blaming inaction on lack of resources. Playing a victim to circumstance.

To which Yoda replies, “So certain are you. Always with you what cannot be done.”

Luke Skywalker says, “This is totally different.”

“No,” says Yoda. “No different. Only different in your mind. You must unlearn what you have learned.”

“Alright,” says Luke, “I’ll give it a try.”

“No,” says Yoda. “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.”

“Trying” is an excuse. “We did it!” is for winners.

How committed are your colleagues? How committed are you?

About the Author: Greg Bustin advises some of the world’s most admired companies and leaders, and he’s dedicated a career to working with CEOs and the leadership teams of hundreds of companies in a range of industries. He’s facilitated more than 250 strategic planning sessions, he’s delivered more than 600 keynotes and workshops on every continent except Antarctica, and he coaches leaders who are inspired to take their career to the next level. His fourth leadership book— Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture (McGraw-Hill) —is a Soundview Executive Best Business Book.

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