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Accountability vs. responsibility

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 May 2019



Accountability vs. responsibility
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Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 227
Posted DateWednesday 29 May 2019 16:24 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen

I love this description of the difference between accountability and responsibility by Seth Godin.
Accountability is done to you. It's done by the industrial system, by those that want to create blame.

Responsibility is done by you. It's voluntary. You can take as much of it as you want.

Credit: Seth Godin

It reminds my what I say about the difference in my blook on Conversational Leadership.
We can only choose to take responsibility for something. No one else can assign responsibility to us.

We take responsibility but are held accountable.

If you are interested in Knowledge Management, the Knowledge Café or the role of conversation in organizational life then you my be interested in this online book I am writing on Conversational Leadership
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