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The irony of commitment is that it's deeply liberating -- in work, in play, in love.
-- Anne Morriss


Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Full responsibility

In most cases, responsibility cannot be successfully shared. When it’s not clear who is responsible, then in effect no one is responsible, and disaster often results.

When everyone assumes that it is someone else’s responsibility to get the job done, then the job never gets done. The alternative, in which everyone involved assumes full responsibility, creates the most successful outcomes.

When you have chosen to shoulder the responsibility for something, it can feel burdensome. Just imagine, though, what an even greater burden would result if there was no one responsible.

Responsibility creates and maintains the conditions that make advancement and achievement possible. And the most powerful, useful, effective kind of responsibility is full responsibility.

Though others may also be responsible, that’s no reason to reduce your own level of responsibility. When everyone makes the commitment to be fully responsible, truly great things can happen.

In responsibility there is enormous opportunity, for working through challenges, for achievement, for fulfillment and for much more. Whatever the situation, choose to take full responsibility, and there will be much value that you can create.

— Ralph Marston

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