So this was an interesting term that I heard about getting people to take responsibility for their actions.
“Whose throat do I choke for this?”
Sounds a little severe, no?
I think this is partially an adverse reaction to “analysis paralysis” and “death by committee” — where no decisions can ever get made.
And organizations where lack of accountability runs rampant and it’s more about finger pointing at each other, rather than owning up to your responsibilities, decisions, and actions.
So with dysfunctional organizations, the pendulum swings aimlessly being no accountability and the ultimate chopping block.
But choking off the life blood of our human capital certainly isn’t conducive to innovation, exploration, and discovery or to productivity, employee morale and retention.
So when it’s simple human error with our best effort and no bad intentions, how about we say a simple “Who done it this time,” do a post-action, figure out the valuable lessons learned, and resolve how we do better going forward.
No throats or heads necessary (most of time). :-)
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)