“There probably isn’t a more significant or more critical challenge for any leader at any level than supporting accountability and fairness.  In the final analysis there will always be people who reject accountability if it doesn’t immediately support their cause or situation.  And sometimes doing the right thing can come at a high price.  Nonetheless, it is evident that most people thrive in an environment in which accountability and fairness define the organization’s culture.”  (Dr. Lew Bender)

Selecting a meaningful quote from my mentor, colleague and long-time friend Dr. Lew Bender was not difficult when I considered ACCOUNTABILITY as this week’s specialized TRIPLE III TIME message focus.  In his classes, workshops and written articles…Dr. Bender has always had a comfortable, common-sense manner of bringing forth critical issues and making them applicable in anyone’s world-of-work.  He has followed that “trend” in his quote on ACCOUNTABILITY.

But wait…what does all of this great information about Dr. Bender’s instructional style have to do with this week’s TRIPLE III TIME message:  Advancing Branches of an “ACCOUNTABILITY TREE”?

The answer is simple!  First take another look at Dr. Bender’s quote and pull-out the separate terms that all connect with ACCOUNTABILITY.

  • Critical Challenge
  • Fairness
  • Cause/Situation
  • Doing Right Things
  • Leader
  • Support
  • High Price
  • Organizational Culture

Then picture an “ACCOUNTABILITY TREE” with all of these very important terms shown as “branches”.  Can you see it?  It truly represents a very progressive, impactful visual.

Accountability Tree[10332]

The Bottom-line III Message:  I believe most organizations or businesses do not train their staffs well in the area of ACCOUNTABILITY.  No matter the focus…individual…teams…or the entire entity, everyone should consider, reflect and contribute to Advancing Branches of an “ACCOUNTABILITY TREE”.  Issues like clear expectations, honesty, directness, behavior, performance, roles, and communication all have a place on an Advancing Branch!  And if these factors are progressively dealt with by ALL…the Branches WILL advance and grow.  If not…will you know what will happen.

And as always…THANKS Dr. Bender for your help and support!

About Inspiring Innovations, Inc.

Marv Pichla is currently the owner and Creative Advisor for his own small business, Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Sharing his unique experience with entrepreneurship and innovation in public service, Marv consults with public and private business, education, and community organizations to develop new and different problem solving methods through real-life example-based learning. Prior to starting-up Inspiring Innovations, Inc. Marv served as Executive Director for Thumb Area Michigan Works! As Executive Director, Marv used public sector innovation as his guide for the organizations regional career development, employment service, education and strategic planning initiatives. Finally, Marv was raised on a farm in the Thumb Area of Michigan where he claims he received the education principles he values most. However, he obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Center Michigan University in Public Administration and eventually his Ph.D. from Capella University in Minnesota. Marv can be reached at:

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