92. Be Accountable

The buck stops with you. It is important to accept personal responsibility for tasks, duties, projects that you own. It sounds like a no brainer but odds are that most of the people you work with don’t do this. So you can stand out if you don’t pass the buck but instead own your work.  Let others know what you are accountable for and when you will deliver.  Share this with your management chain so they know what they can look to you for, what they can count on your for and then follow through. And if there comes a time that you are unable to deliver everything, own up to that too.  In a situation where I was working with a team the most junior person was the most accountable which I thought was quite admirable and because of that stand out quality I offered to mentor him and I am still a mentor of his today even though he has moved on.

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