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Culture Without Accountability
By Julie Miller & Brian Bedford
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating:  4 stars
The title of this book caught my attention before I read one word of it.  This reviewer is old enough to remember when no one would have written such a book, raised in a culture where accountability was paramount.  My parents told me how I could be anything I wanted to be in life, providing I did the hard work to attain it, taking pride in what I did, and taking responsibility for all of my choices in life.  “A job worth doing is worth doing well,” and should I make a mistake, I was to own my mistake, learn from it, and move on to do a better job
Today, however, the culture seems to dictate that when something goes wrong, find a scapegoat, someone to blame, because of course it can’t be your fault.  Somewhere, we’ve lost accountability, and our businesses and our personal lives are paying the price for it.
The authors define accountability quite well as, “a personal willingness, after the fact, to answer for the results of your behaviors and actions.”  In this book, readers will learn why accountability is an issue, how we learn to be accountable, and what a lack of accountability costs us in both our business and personal lives.  Through real life example, the authors present a fix to the problem that helps one to attain a successful life as it makes this world of ours a better place for all of us.