Taking Responsibility For Outcome
The Q is a Leader who takes responsibility for Outcome
*Leader: a man who is what a Leader is and does what a Leader does
*Outcome: what happens and fails to happen, whether good or bad
Taking Responsibility for the Outcome is a three-step process
LEAD BY EXAMPLE: A Leader’s demonstrative manifestation of the Courage of his own convictions. Abbr: LBE.
LEAVE RIGHT: The construction of Legacy.
The first step in taking responsibility for Outcome is to know what it is you want to happen. Having Vision (seeing the Outcome) is part of what a Leader does. If the Leader does not have a clear destination in mind, how can anyone follow him there?
The second step is to devise a course of action (a COA) that has a substantial likliehood of success. A COA is a planned Movement to solve a Problem or achieve an Outcome. It is the path that will lead to realization of the Vision.
The third step is to demonstrate Commitment, the Leader’s unwavering loyalty and determination to both Mission and the well being of the Members of his Group.
All three steps are necessary. Without Vision, a Leader won’t know where he his going, without a COA he won’t know how to get there and without Commitment no one else will trust him enough to follow him.
Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord
If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. Frank A. Clark
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting. Buddha
Do not wait; the time will never be ‘just right.’ Start where you stand, and work with whatever tools you may have at your command, and better tools will be found as you go along. George Herbert
Leaders Leading Leaders
The Busy Woodcutter
Once a strong woodcutter was hired by a timber merchant.
The woodcutter was very enthusiastic about his new job and was determined to make his best effort.
The boss gave him an axe and took him to the area where he would work.
The first day, the woodcutter cut 20 trees down. His boss was impressed. “Keep up the good work,” he said.
Next day the woodcutter tried harder. But this time he could only cut 17 trees down. The third day, even though he tried as hard, he only brought down 15 trees. Day after day, the woodcutter would bring less and less trees. The woodcutter was confused and sad. He went to the boss to apologize for his bad performance. He said that although he worked really hard, the results were disappointing.
His boss was silent for a moment and then he asked “When did you sharpen your axe for the last time?”
“Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy cutting trees.”