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It is a thousand times easier to see The Responsibility Process at work in others than in ourselves. Remember this. It is one of the most important principles for practicing responsibility.

The Responsibility ProcessMost people, when introduced to The Responsibility Process, start applying it to others in their life and focusing on how others should change. They ask questions like Continue reading




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Jessica Soroky continues her series Leadership is a Choice.

 

My blood begins to boil raising my body temperature. My palms get clammy as I twist the headphone cord nervously around my finger. I continue to tell the man on the other end of the phone the latest frustrating predicament I found myself in.  

I find my final few words and sit back awaiting the question from the other end that would inevitably challenge me to look at the situation differently. Instead of the question I was expecting what I heard vibrating through the phone was laughter. Continue reading




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Excerpted from
The Responsibility Process by Christopher Avery.

 

Intention is defined as “the thing that you plan to do or achieve: an aim or purpose.” For example, “I intend to meet with my team today.” It is a determination to feel, behave, or experience something in a certain way. I’ve heard Intention described as a stretching or bending of the mind toward some object or outcome. Intention is also described as a fixedness of attention, as in to focus or concentrate. It’s a sense of earnestness and impulse toward something. I’ve even heard it called an internal carrier wave.

Let me illustrate with a simple story. The first house Amy and I owned was in a lovely and hilly neighborhood in Austin, Texas, called Northwest Hills. The house sat at the bottom of not one hill, but two. Although the landscape was lush and green, it was also humid and stuffy, and our views were into the hillsides comprising the neighbors’ yards and tree trunks. A few years later as our family grew and we started thinking of moving, I remember looking at a house sitting high on a hill with a beautiful view. I could also feel a breeze there that would not be felt at our house a few blocks away at the bottom of those hills. I remember thinking I want to live at the top of a hill with a view. It was the type of I want this! thought that sticks. I’m sure you know what I mean. As we looked at properties, being on a hill with a view became one of the criteria. You won’t be surprised that our next house was high on a hill in Austin with expansive views in three points of the compass. And, as I write this, our house in Comfort, Texas, sits on the edge of a hill almost 300 feet above the Guadalupe River and looks out over the river valley more than five miles to hills on the other side.

Thus, about twenty years ago I generated a simple thought, an Intention, to live high on a hill with a view. And for nineteen years, that Intention has been met. And that feels good.

There is nothing unique about this story. The Intention to live on a hill is one of thousands, or perhaps millions, of intentions I’ve generated. It’s not the most important nor largest of my intentions. Nor did it require significant effort or time to realize. And most importantly, there is nothing unique about me for having and realizing intentions because we all do it. It simply illustrates what an Intention is: the thing you plan to do or achieve; a determination to feel, behave, or experience something; a stretching or bending of the mind toward some object or outcome; a fixedness of attention; a sense of earnestness and impulse toward something; an internal carrier wave.

Intention is an essential component of free will, your individual ability to decide what you want to experience. It’s a fundamental aspect of being human. If we look at synonyms for Intention it’s easy to see how much we apply Intention in business. We have visions and purposes, we develop strategies and plans, and we set goals and objectives. They all mean something we aim to make true, something we pursue and intend to accomplish or attain.

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Think of some of the intentions you have generated in your life that came true or are in the process of being realized. They don’t have to be examples of massive things, nor of intentions that required great effort, fortitude, or time. Simply think of things in your life where you thought to yourself I want to do, be, or experience X and then you did.

When you recall intentions that you set and then met, how does it feel?

 

 

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Christopher Avery studies, speaks, and writes about the benefits and practices of personal and shared responsibility. He founded The Leadership Gift™ Program to make world-class personal leadership development accessible to individuals worldwide. His books include The Responsibility Process and Teamwork Is An Individual Skill.

 




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The first key to Responsibility is Intention. Specifically, it is your Intention to operate from the mental state of Responsibility when things go wrong. Operating from any other mental state means coping with the problem rather than owning and solving it. Only in Responsibility can you release yourself from that frustration or upset. An Intention to operate from Responsibility is an intention to be resourceful and to Continue reading




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You are dressed in your finest business suit for your big presentation to the board. And then it happens, you bump somebody in the hall on the way to the meeting and, as you are taking a sip of your latte, the paper cup slams into your face, its plastic lid pops off, and before you can stop it, two-thirds of the latte are soaked into the front of your finery, all the way from your neck to your Continue reading




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 Jessica Soroky continues her series Leadership is a Choice.

 

It feels like I live at my keyboard and yet I never write anymore. Luckily on this quiet November Sunday I find myself locked on an airplane. There is an amazing peace inside this huge flying metal can. The lights are dim. The windows seem less than useful as the night sky is full of clouds and therefore empty of the far off twinkles.

Refusing to sign onto Wi-Fi, I knocked out some brainstorming the old fashioned way (paper and pen) before settling back and moving my fingers across my keyboard contemplating—do I have something to say? Continue reading




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One of my colleagues uses a sign-off at the end of his emails—”Control the sail, not the wind”—which is a great summary for the concept of personal responsibility. Those six words raise the challenge that we don’t always Continue reading




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Excerpted from
The Responsibility Process by Christopher Avery.

For millennia advisors have told us that taking 100 percent personal responsibility is the first principle of success. These advisors include

  • philosophers such as Socrates;
  • success experts like Napoleon Hill, Jack Canfield, and Tony Robbins;
  • spiritual leaders Norman Vincent Peale and Robert Schuller; and
  • management experts like Steven Covey and Marshall Goldsmith.

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 Jessica Soroky continues her series Leadership is a Choice.

 

There’s a buzzing in the air mixing comfortably with the unique smell of the ocean just feet away.

The choice I’m about to make is a permanent one. Two years’ prior I made a similar and equally permanent decision to get a single word that changed my life inked Continue reading




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kindleA few days ago I announced the print publication of The Responsibility Process.

Today, the ebook is available on Kindle and iBook/iTunes.

This book is for anyone interested in leading themselves and others to greater degrees of freedom, choice, and power. Read a free preview.

 

 

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Christopher Avery authored Teamwork Is An Individual Skill for everyone who wants to be done with bad teams. He founded The Leadership Gift™ Program to make world-class personal leadership development accessible to individuals worldwide.

 




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