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text 2016-11-18 20:11
A Long Hiatus

It's been a while, and alot has happened, and I feel like a different person from the one that started this account, what? A year ago?


Something like that.


I am in the process of NaNoWriMo 2016, and am trying to get my life back on track after letting myself get derailed. Updating everything is a big first step, but one that I think will be helpful in the long-run!


I'm currently looking for ways to hold myself *really* accountable for my hobbies/projects/reviews. It's time that I start taking myself as seriously as I expect others to take me...


I started a Twitter account for my reviews, and another for my dog (really, he is that interesting!) and plan on creating a schedule for myself. Beyond that, I don't have a real plan, though...


Before December 1st, I plan to change that. Any help is welcome at this point!!



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review 2014-02-27 00:00
Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture
Accountability: The Key to Driving a High-Performance Culture - Greg Bustin Daniel Pink’s praise is what encouraged me to read ACCOUNTABILITY. Pink gave one of the most viral and inspiring business talks at TED. Pink’s book DRIVE is an amazing book. If you have to read only one business book this year, and you haven’t already read it, you should definitely read DRIVE. Pink is deft at presenting scientific research, technical terms, and case studies in a catchy format that motivates action. Unfortunately, I did not find the same elements in Greg Bustin’s ACCOUNTABILITY.

I’m sure Bustin’s repertoire precedes him. From the dust jacket description and his own personal stories within ACCOUNTABILITY, Bustin seems like he is transformational as a consultant and speaker. Whatever that magic is, it doesn’t translate well to book form. What we are presented are mostly stories about individual companies and what they represent. What’s really missing is the spark and science of how they got there. Stories are okay, but without the science, it doesn’t click. Contrast this to Brené Brown, who describes herself as a story teller, but has the research and scientific motivation to back it up, as evidenced in her popular book DARING GREATLY. As she says, “maybe stories are just data with a soul.” In this case, ACCOUNTABILITY’s soul seems a bit dry.

Besides the stories, we are given new acronyms, measurement indexes, and analogies that are okay, but nothing that really pops. Some other books that I’ve read that have great analogies are JUGGLING ELEPHANTS and HOW FULL IS YOUR BUCKET. Covey really nailed it with THE SEVEN HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE with all kinds of great new developments, such as quadrant thinking, filling the fish tank with big rocks first, and sharpening the saw. I’m not walking away from ACCOUNTABILITY with any of that same revolutionary motivation.

Is this book helpful? Sure, it can be. Bustin has done a lot of work to define the eponymous word accountability and why it is so important in the workplace. He offers helpful advice that coincides with modern business thought. My biggest complaint is that it’s all pretty cut and dry without much pizazz that the book’s successful counterparts seem to offer.

Thanks to McGraw-Hill Professional for providing me with an electronic galley review copy.
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