Circles of Change:Conversations with Dr. Zara Larsen
on Change Leadership and Career Fulfillment
September 21, 2008
“He Said, She Said: The Power of Personal Accountability”
Guests:Mark Samuel and Sophie Chiche, Imaq Corporation
1. Personal accountability is about being internally motivated by our own capability to optimize ourselves and ourcontributions, to be of greater service to others –the ability to be counted on.Are we taking actions in our lives consistent with our desired outcomes?
2.Real change in organizations happens when individuals realize they can change and grow to the next level – be happier and make a difference, enjoy increased levels of trust, morale and confidence building, leading to results and performance.
3.An accountable culture is about creativity, taking measured risks, freedom, sharing of resources, tolerance for making mistakes, energy and fun as opposed to rigidity, blame, carrying burdensome responsibilities and coping.
4.There is always a desire within people even deep down to change, but we often need to rethink how we think about ourselves and allow our abilities and capacity to contend with negative experiences or scripts in our head – open the doors and try again.
5.Leaders need to set up for safety and a support system, even a safety net, to allow new actions and trying things, recognizing that not everyone will move at the same rate.Individuals need to consider how to be easier on themselves and hold judgment at bay.
6.Of change initiatives, don’t plan on perfection, but rather treat the journey as an experiment with proactive recovery and redirection expected.Allow for forgiveness, observing and reserving judgment and mitigating negative self-talk and blame.Reframe (not censor) our thoughts to learn.
7.The root cause of 95% of the problems in organizations is fear – fear of failure, fear of success and too much responsibility, fear of the unknown, egos.
8.Our new Center for Peaceful Accountability is committed to working with non profits to bring communities struggling with conflict to shared ways and uplift to better living circumstances.
9.While happiness creates great work, it is not about being comfortable.Integration and blurring of cultures and gender perspectives create tension – revealing complexities like the changing of the seasons to allow a state of limbo, before alignment for a better solution.
“Anything that I ever created that was interesting came from a mistake.”
Copyright The Larsen Group: Architects of Change 2008