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The Importance of Accountability

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If you’re a football fan, you probably watched the Kansas City Chiefs play host to the Pittsburgh Steelers last night.  With the game coming down to nearly the very end, something much bigger than a Steelers victory happened from that game.  With the Chiefs having just scored a touchdown in the 4th quarter, they found themselves down by 2.  So, naturally, they went for a 2 point conversion and succeeded!  But wait…It turns out that the Chiefs were called for holding…a pretty obvious hold…and were then forced 10 yards back for their eventual 2 point conversion attempt and fail.  The Chiefs would go on to lose the game to the Steelers by a score of 18-16, but the biggest issue was what Kansas City Chiefs Tight End, Travis Kelce had to say after the game…

“This sucks. Alex (Smith) drove us down there, fourth down after fourth down, making plays, making plays. The momentum is getting on our side. and then just get our jugulars ripped out because the ref felt bad for James Harrison falling on the ground. It’s ignorance. The ref shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again. He shouldn’t even be able to work at (expletive) Foot Locker.”

Now, don’t get me wrong, I get it…you lost a huge game and you’re upset.  There’s nothing wrong with being upset.  But there is something wrong with calling someone out for doing their job instead of holding the rightful party fully accountable.  Too many times, we see individuals, whether they be athletes throwing temper tantrums or even CEO’s throwing temper tantrums, unable to accept accountability.  For me, personally, accountability is the number 1 signal of a person’s character.  Quite simply, we, as human beings, make mistakes…and a TON of them!  Shoot; I screw up multiple times a day and you know what?  I’m proud of it!  Why you might ask?  I’m proud of it because it allows me to learn!  If we’re not learning, we die.  Our bodies slow down…our brains slow down…and we die!  Have you ever heard of someone retiring from a job they love, only to pass away within a year’s time?  It’s because they didn’t fill their brain with anything.  It’s because they failed to strive for something new.  They failed to learn.  If you’re making mistakes, you’re learning.  Watching Travis Kelce rip apart an NFL referee because that individual did their job, is watching an individual whom can’t hold himself nor his team accountable.  It’s a shame because he feels they were cheated.  Were they cheated?  NO.  It was a holding penalty.  Clear and simple.  (Sorry Chiefs fan, but I call it like I see it).  If you want to win by cheating, you aren’t really winning, are you?  Business people need to learn from this and need to begin to accept accountability…begin to accept bad news for what it is…and begin to adapt to change.  Without doing those three, you’re not learning, not accepting failure and definitely not maturing past childhood.

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