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No More Excuses: The Five Accountabilities for Personal and Organizational Growth

Book Description

Accountability is not a consequence ... it's your competitive advantage!

Early in the Minnesota Twins 2009 exhibition season, Twins manager Ron Gardenhire discovered a note on his desk from Justin Morneau, his star first baseman. It read: "Gardy: I forgot to run sprints after the workouts yesterday; I am fining myself." Next to the note was a hundred-dollar bill.

Entrepreneur, author, and speaker Sam Silverstein asks: Is Justin Morneau accountable because he's a superstar or is he a superstar because he's accountable?

In No More Excuses, Silverstein identifies the Five Accountabilities shared by all truly successful people and organizations.

  • Shows why accountability gives businesses and individuals the competitive edge

  • How to instill accountability throughout the enterprise

  • How the Five Accountabilities can support both values and strategic intent.

  • Includes interviews with 50 carefully chosen Accountability Masters from six continents and all walks of life—including academics, Fortune 500 CEOs, and Hall of Fame athletes.

No More Excuses also features on-line resources for implementing and reinforcing each of the Five Accountabilities on a daily basis. Read it—and expand your own Accountability Zone!

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgements
  5. Introduction
    1. ARE YOU IN THE ZONE?
  6. HOW TO USE THIS BOOK
    1. ACCOUNTABILITY MASTERS
  7. PART ONE
    1. Chapter 1 - THE $10,000 QUESTION
      1. MAKE CHOICES, NOT EXCUSES
      2. MOVING BEYOND THE EXCUSE
      3. THE CHERRY TREE
      4. WHAT ACCOUNTABILITY REALLY MEANS
      5. WHAT ARE YOU MODELING?
    2. Chapter 2 - BEYOND THE EXCUSE
      1. EXCUSES WEAKEN US AS PEOPLE
      2. EXCUSES PUT THE FOCUS ON THE STORY
      3. EXCUSES LIMIT OUR EXPERIENCES AND HORIZONS
  8. PART TWO
    1. Chapter 3 - THE FIRST ACCOUNTABILITY: DOING THE RIGHT THINGS
      1. “WHAT MAKES YOU SUCCESSFUL?”
      2. KNOW YOUR RIGHT THINGS!
      3. ARE YOU SLEEPWALKING?
      4. STRATEGIC INTENT
      5. STRATEGIC INTENT: THE INDIVIDUAL DIMENSION
      6. STRATEGIC INTENT: THE ORGANIZATIONAL DIMENSION
      7. STRATEGIC INTENT IS MANDATORY!
      8. “WHO OWNS THIS?”
      9. DELEGATE THE RESPONSIBILITY—AND THE AUTHORITY!
      10. KNOW YOUR OWN STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES
      11. ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK!
    2. Chapter 4 - THE SECOND ACCOUNTABILITY: MANAGING YOUR SPACE
      1. A LESSON FROM A PLAID SPORTS COAT
      2. APPLE DROPS THE MINI
      3. A NEW WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY
      4. “DISNEY’S FOLLY”
      5. ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK!
    3. Chapter 5 - THE THIRD ACCOUNTABILITY: MANAGING THE PROCESS
      1. BEYOND “WE TRIED”!
      2. WHAT WILL YOU DO?
      3. “WHICH PAINTING IS YOUR FAVORITE?”
      4. ARE YOU MANAGING THE PROCESS OR ABDICATING?
      5. EXAMINE NEAR MISSES!
      6. THE ULTIMATE LIFE SKILL?
      7. “WHAT CAN I DO TO RAISE MY GRADE?”
      8. HOUSTON, ARE WE ACCOUNTABLE?
      9. ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK!
    4. Chapter 6 - THE FOURTH ACCOUNTABILITY: ESTABLISHING THE RIGHT EXPECTATIONS
      1. THE $5,000 MAN
      2. A LESSON IN MUTUAL EXPECTATIONS
      3. BEYOND “WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT THAT WAY”
      4. DO YOUR EXPECTATIONS SUPPORT YOUR VALUES?
      5. ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK!
    5. Chapter 7 - THE FIFTH ACCOUNTABILITY: CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
      1. YOUR SPHERE OF CONTRIBUTION MODELS YOUR VALUES
      2. NETWORK BY GIVING
      3. JUST KEEP GIVING
      4. WHO BUILT THE WELL?
      5. SOCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY
      6. ACCOUNTABILITY CHECK!
    6. Chapter 8 - CREATING A CULTURE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
      1. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . BEING CLEAR
      2. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . EDUCATING PEOPLE ABOUT THE ...
      3. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . REWARDING THE RIGHT PROCESS
      4. LEARN TOGETHER AND GROW TOGETHER
      5. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . LETTING PEOPLE PLAY TO THEIR ...
      6. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . PUTTING FRONTLINE PEOPLE IN ...
      7. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . ENCOURAGING MEANINGFUL DEBATES
      8. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . ORGANIZING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
      9. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . REVIEWING YOUR STRATEGIC ...
      10. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . BEING READY AND WILLING TO BE ...
      11. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . FOCUSING ON VALUES FIRST AND ...
      12. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . MAKING SURE THE TEAM FEELS SUPPORTED
      13. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . INTELLIGENTLY ADJUSTING YOUR EXPECTATIONS
      14. MAKE ACCOUNTABILITY PART OF YOUR CULTURE BY . . . DEMONSTRATING YOUR OWN ...
  9. CONCLUSION: THE ACCOUNTABILITY MOVEMENT
  10. INDEX