What happened to accountability?

Accountability is simply being responsible for those things that you can control. Photo: accountability

MISSOURI, 2013 – Accountability is simply being responsible for those things that you can control.

In the recent government scandals, everyone is pointing fingers everywhere else, making no one responsible.

The meaning to this word is dynamic and impacts everything that a person does in his or her life. It impacts our social life, where we work and life in general.

Holding ourselves accountable will have a positive effect on the home, workplace and community starting at a very young age to our senior moments. We must recognize and accept our responsibilities.

At an early age, one is introduced to accountability. When one starts school, he becomes accountable to learn school subjects such as the basics reading, writing and arithmetic and continues to be responsible as he climbs the educational ladder.

On the way, people inherit other responsibilities such as chores, in some cases earning money to help pay their way through school of higher learning, and again are accountable to pass their subjects not only for themselves but for parents and other supporters. This can also be defined as love.

People then progress towards the ladder of life to entering the work force and in some cases, choosing a lifetime partner resulting in a family unit. At this moment in time, the degree and number of things that become accountable for has increased tenfold.    

What are some of these things that they are accountable for when they join the labor force? This is a long list but to make a point on accountability the following are some of these responsibilities: When you are hired to perform a job, you are accountable for the performance of those tasks which in turn the employer will compensate you for. The assumption since both parties had full understanding of the employment agreement tasks to be performed and in turn compensation for performance of work.

However, there are people who do not want to be held accountable for the tasks they were hired to do. They sidestep their accountability in various ways such as: these are not my tasks but the other person; let’s form a committee to resolve this task now the accountability has been shifted to a no face person but a committee. If something goes wrong it was the committee, but if it goes right everyone claims they were on the committee.

Accountability as a member of a family unit can run from providing food and shelter to providing leadership relative to the social aspects of life to being a positive role model not only to the family but also to the community. Accountable for debt incurred. And again, the list goes on and on.

Accountability is just another ingredient in making the complete person. If you accept the accountability that you are responsible for and can control it this in turn gives you the feeling of strength and again completeness as a person. Someday all of us will have to stand up and be accountable for life as a whole. Feel good about yourself, be strong, be accountable, be determined, and you will be a better person for it.  

However, that’s from a time and place I am from-

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Charles Vandegriff, Sr.

Charles is a fifty-four-year career in technology retiring at the directors level from three major corporations. Followed by three-plus years as a free-lance columnist, published three books, over three hundred speeches to senior organizations, radio interviews, one television commercial and finally married for sixty-five years, four children, seven grandchildren and thirteen great grand children. 

Charles is also a Navy veteran.

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