Example #1 – The importance of accountability in the army
The Importance of Accountability is so my chain of command knows where everyone is so if they need a soldier for something they will know where to find them. It is also necessary to have accountability to make sure everyone in my class, platoon, or unit is safe and to make sure they are where they are supposed to be. Why my chain of command has accountability it is easier for them to track down other soldiers in case they were needed for anything.
Being accountable means being dependable, showing up to formation at the appointed time, being at the right place and at the right time and doing the right thing at the right time. It is also to see if everyone shows up to the formation and or where they are supposed to be. Accountability is not only for keeping track of other soldiers it can also be for keeping track of money, gear, legal documents, and many other things.
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The reason you would want to keep track of soldier is so if there is ever a time where a lot of soldiers goes missing you would be able to look in specific place rather than looking in unnecessary places. You can also make a logbook so whenever anyone goes somewhere they would have to sign out of that logbook. And also the buddy system is a good way to find out where someone would be. I think the whole reason for having accountability is so we get to where we are going on time, so we stay safe and if we were to get into trouble someone could come to get us.
It is also helpful to have a cell phone or a phone pad with your chain of command in it so you can always be reached. When I’m accountable it makes my chain of command job easier and mines to doing what I need to do to be accountable is always a plus because being early doesn’t mean that I am early but being late is being (FTR) failure to report and unaccounted for. If my chain of command always has a hundred percent accountability they will never have any problems like wondering where someone is or wondering why someone is missing.
Discipline is vital in accountability because if I maintain my discipline as a professional soldier I will always be accountable unless told to do otherwise. Without discipline soldiers, the military and the government will be ruined because discipline means the observance of certain well-defined rules like reporting to my place of duty on time. Without such regulation, it is not possible to maintain proper accountability because such regulations contribute to the glory of the United States military existence.
Discipline cannot be acquired from books but can it be learned from teachers like my chain of command. Discipline and accountability are essential from the moment of waking up to the time of going to sleep. Discipline is essential in my everyday life without discipline and accountability there can be no military. The importance of following orders in the United States military or in any organization where a task/mission has been giving to me is very important because the United States military recognizes that respect for my superiors is what maintains order and prevents the eruption of chaos.
Orders come from top ranks down to the lower ranks and article 90 of the Uniform Military Code of Justice states that willfully disobeying a lawful command from my superiors or any commissioned officer is unacceptable because following orders is one of the regulations set forth to instill discipline within the ranks, following orders ensures that everyone is on the same page to get the task done in the most efficient manner possible. If I do not follow the orders given to me, the risk of failure increases and I put myself in the position of not completing my mission.
Following orders and being a professional soldier is essential to my unit and the operation of the United States military. Following orders is of the utmost importance in the United States military. Obedience is what enables the United States military to operate in an organized and effective manner which is very important during regular and challenging military situations, While I may have been able to question the notion of obedience in my daily life, this luxury is not available to me in the united states military where the grand goals and aims require smooth internal functioning and hierarchical coordination.
Many of the standards that I would have frowned upon outside the US army are essential to the work success within the United States military. Punishment of not following orders is not deemed to be a positive occurrence in an average person’s life, whereas the United States military guide maintains that punishment strengthens my determination and discipline and enables me to learn and fully take the importance of following orders in US army seriously.
Not following orders is not an optional choice while living the standards of the United States military. If I don’t follow orders while in a combat zone this makes me combat ineffective and if I combat ineffective in my unit it slows down the progress of winning and also breaks my leader’s concentration on the task in hand. If I execute the order quickly and to the standard that tremendously helps with the effectiveness of the unit, even if they don’t know it because every single soldier is vital to winning the fight.
If I’m not able to follow orders and execute them effectively and to the standard that will strengthen the unit and increase the morale of the unit by making it to where the leadership doesn’t have to worry about if I am going to do that right is not, this relieves tension from the leaders and other members in the unit because then the work is evenly spread out and everyone works as a team to get the job done quickly and to standard, being disciplined is to follow orders un-questionably.
Example #2 – Accountability and Responsibility
The National Council of State Boards in Nursing defines delegation as transferring to a competent individual the authority to perform a selected nursing task in a selected situation (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Resources section, 4). When delegating, the registered nurse (RN) assigns nursing tasks to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) while remaining accountable for the patient and the task that was assigned.
Delegating is a management strategy that is used to provide more efficient care to patients. Authorizing other individuals to take on nursing responsibilities allows the nurse to complete other tasks that need tended to. However, delegation is done at the nurses’ discretion and is a personal choice. Nurses must make careful decisions regarding delegation, taking into account the skill and training of the UAP, the difficulty and risk of the task, and the patients’ condition. The expected outcomes, a time frame for completion, and any limitations should be explained to the UAP at the time that the task was delegated.
Accountability and responsibility are two important parts of delegation. Accountability is defined as, being responsible and answerable for actions or inactions of self or others in the context of delegation (National Council of State Boards of Nursing, Resources section, 4). This refers to the nurses’ legal liability for her actions and patient outcomes. Responsibility is defined as reliability, dependability, and the obligation to accomplish work. Responsibility also includes each person’s obligation to perform at an acceptable level, the level that the person has been educated (Kelly-Heidenthal, 2003, p. 268).
Accountability and responsibility differ because responsibility belongs to the person doing the task, and accountability belongs to the person who assigned the task. The nurse is accountable for the task being completed and is also responsible for evaluating the task or the results of the task. Therefore, within every delegated procedure, both the nurse and the UAP hold responsibility, yet only the nurse is accountable. If a procedure is done wrong or the patient is harmed by the task, the nurse is at fault because she delegated that procedure and she is ultimately accountable for patient outcomes.
For example, Jill is an RN, and Marie is a UAP at General Hospital. Jill and Marie are assigned to work together. Jill delegates to Marie the vital signs, patient hygiene, and blood glucose monitoring of all of her patients except for Mrs. Smith, who is sicker than any of the other patients. Jill decides not to delegate any of Mrs. Smiths’ care because all of her care will require professional nursing judgment due to the severity of her condition; therefore Jill will be accountable and responsible for Mrs. Smiths’ care.
Marie is responsible for performing the duties that were delegated to her by Jill; however, Jill remains accountable for all of the delegated tasks. If Jill overlooks a patient’s blood glucose level of 45 and the patient suffers because of it, she is held accountable. Even if Marie obtained the patients’ blood glucose level and forgot to report it to Jill. It is Jill’s responsibility as the RN to find out and assess the results of the delegated tasks and to then act accordingly on the results.
Delegation can be a useful time management tool if utilized appropriately. As an RN, it is important to consider accountability and responsibility before making delegation decisions. As long as the RN remembers to make careful decisions before delegating to the UAP and evaluates the results of the delegated task then the outcomes should be fine.
Accountability is essential for any society to function and military accountability is no different. We are all held accountable in one way or another. For example, there are laws to obey and if we fail to be obedient, we may have to suffer the consequences set by the officials who hold us accountable. Accountability is simply being responsible for one’s actions.
Accountability is the quality or state of being accountable, which by definition means an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility. Every soldier is responsible to perform all assigned duties proficiently, and those who neglect this responsibility will be held accountable. It is crucial to the success of the military to instill accountability into every one of their service members.
The concept of accountability is so strictly enforced because the failure of one soldier to do its part could fail a team’s entire mission. Accountability is a very important part of a soldier’s job, whether that soldier is junior enlisted or an NCO.
The enlisted soldier is responsible for all items issued to him/her whether it be the individual’s weapon, NVG’s, clothes, a vehicle, or any other personal item. Accountability is especially important to NCO’s, as they are responsible for the most essential items of all…and that is the soldiers who serve beneath them.
Key leaders use this method to determine the whereabouts and well-being of all the soldiers under their command. Accountability can also be described as being dependable. By being dependable, soldiers arrive at work and appointments on time, meet deadlines, arrive at the right place at the right time, and always do the right thing at the right time.
Morning formation is the most important formation of the day. It is vital to maintain the accountability of everyone and to put out any pertinent information that is necessary to soldiers.
Accountability….What does it mean? Well, this past month e lost two soldiers who are a part of our unit and voice of our unit pass away. Accountability is important and should not be taken lightly… A soldier lost his life a couple of weeks ago, due to a lack of accountability, and it hurt a lot of people. For so many reasons accountability is important, for example.
Knowing where your soldiers are at all times helps to know what they’re doing, and what their interest are doing so. In case something happens and someone needs t know where a soldier is accountability comes into play. Army Regulation 600-20 IAW Discipline. Why is discipline so important? Because to be accounted for is a part of disciplinary actions, and a part of being a professional and a soldier is by living the army values none more overpowering than the other. So yes Discipline along with the other Army Values is very important.
A good leader should always have accountability for their soldiers but it starts at the lowest level. Anything to be ready and knowing the job that needs to be done. Accountability is more than just knowing your soldiers in formation. Accountability is knowing that your soldiers’ physical, mental, and spiritual needs are accounted for and taken into consideration; so they can be more functional as a unit, team, and be mission-ready as the legs of the military; as the NCO’s being the backbone.
Accountability is an Army and nationwide thing from the highest officer, to the lowest enlisted soldier. If something bad happens and you’re not able to get into contact with one of your soldiers their life, and also your life can be at stake. Deploying overseas is an even bigger thing.
You should always be accounted for while you’re overseas, and have a battle buddy. A lot of soldiers now, here, don’t like the fact or thought of a battle buddy, but we train how we fight, and when we deploy that battle buddy might be the one who saves your life.
Example #5 – Accountability of our government
Accountability is the essence of our democratic form of government. It is the liability assumed by all those who exercise authority to account for how they have fulfilled responsibilities entrusted to them, a liability ultimately to the Canadian people owed by Parliament, by the government and thus, every government department and agency.
One of the fundamental principals of a democratic society is the government must be accountable to the people. Such accountability in Canada is exercised through Parliament. Every Minister is ultimately accountable for their portfolio to Parliament and therefore in turn responsible to the Canadian electorate.
The realization of this responsibility is undertaken upon the assumption of office. Accountability within government is a measure that is used to control the abuse of power by those elected as government representatives. “The government must be able to control and protect its membership to be able meaningfully to accept responsibility for its direction and impact as a government.”
Without accountability, we are left with a powerful political structure that can act without conscience or redress and this does not represent a modern democracy. With any discussion which focuses on responsibility within parliament, one can see the varying levels of accountability and the difficulties which arise when attempting to describe power, within the Canadian political system.
Accountability in public service can be studied from two different perspectives. The civil servant who represents the bureaucratic sector and the minister indicating the political sphere. The issue of accountability raises several key questions and queries for social scientists.
Is the power of the civil servant increasing while ministerial responsibility is decreasing? What effects if any does this have on the bureaucratic system? How does Parliament excise legislative control over the bureaucracy? In essence, who is accountable to the Canadian people?
Ministers in Canada are elected senior members of parliament who are appointed to a departmental portfolio by the Prime Minister. These offices are the constitutional head of all public agencies, ranging from the Department of National Defense to the Department of Human Resources. Each portfolio has a deputy minister and a team of senior civil servants who advise the minister on a variety of issues ranging from administrative procedures to policy implication.
Because a minister is usually not specialized in his portfolio he usually has to rely heavily on information acquired from his senior officials. Therefore Ministerial responsibility is closely tied to bureaucrats.
It may prove beneficial, at this time, to outline general procedures for policymaking and implementation. Cabinet is the form in which new governmental policies are developed. These policies are then conveyed to individual departments through the ministers. The implementation and feedback of these policies is then the responsibility of civil servants.
There are two main types of ministerial responsibility: Collective and individual.
Collective responsibilities refers to the accountability of the Government to Parliament. The collective cabinet responsibility ensures the solidarity of the Government. “Ministers must be supportive of all cabinet policies while at the same time quell criticisms of individual departments.” With collective responsibility, a minister must be supportive of all cabinet policies regardless of individual concerns, especially in public. The government can, therefore, present policies to Parliament with one collective voice. This solidarity enables the government to defend individual ministers in the House of Commons and protect its right to govern.
The government’s collective responsibility is to have the confidence of Parliament at all times. If at any time this confidence is questioned the governing party must be subjected to a vote in Parliament. Failure to win the vote requires the government to either resign or dissolve Parliament. Collective responsibility enables the government to raise, put forth policy, and resign as one collective unit.
Three related rules form the doctrine of collective responsibility: that government should stand or fall as one “administration” (and not re-make itself out of the same assembly and try to win a vote of confidence); that the administration speaks formally to Parliament with one voice, and that ministers collectively resign or the government asks for dissolution if defeated in the Commons on matters of confidence.
This is one measure in which the Government can be held accountable to the people. Difficulties will arise in trying to convince backbenchers to essentially vote themselves into the unemployment line, however, if the government fails to pass a substantial’ bill nowadays that is considered a vote of non-confidence. Opposition parties also use this accountability measure to heighten public awareness of questionable government practices or policies.
Individual ministerial responsibility can be divided into two sub-components. First, a minister must answer to Parliament for any wrongdoings that are done by their department while at the same time defend the actions of their department. These two elements combined ensure that Ministers are ultimately held accountable for their portfolios. This is especially held when matters that are done properly under his instructions or by governmental policy.
Usually what happens though, if a departmental mistake is brought to the attention of a Minister he usually denies any foreknowledge, therefore, asserting no personal blame. Whenever an issue is brought up that has hard evidence concerning Ministerial knowledge, the minister would usually blame it upon his officials and answers to Parliament with the fact that the individual responsible will be disciplined. This is not to say that there have been times in Canadian history where a Minister has made a serious error concerning his department and has been disciplined accordingly.
Politics usually take control of such issues. Rather or not the issue is important to voters, the magnitude of it, and the popularity of the Minister. As S. L. Sutherland indicates “Resignations are not a perfect indicator of the quality of accountability mechanisms in responsible government…”
The problem arises are describe earlier, the convention of collective responsibility will usually take effect. Therefore this mechanism of accountability may very well only damage the credibility of a Minister. If this is the case it goes without saying though, at the time of elections, the court of the public opinion will pass judgment. “A minister can’t possibly know everything which is done in the Department by every last civil Servant and therefore it would be folly to try and pretend that the Minister will be held accountably and must resign when somewhere down the line at the end of a corridor the ten-thousandth person committed something illegal or contrary to Government standards or norms.”
One political convention is that when a public servant makes a serious mistake, he remains faceless’ to the public eye. This convention has its roots in the principle of political neutrality. This is supposed to enable the civil servant to carry out the actions of their minister despite their political views and public opinion on governmental policy. The Minister must respond to Parliamentary requests concerning the actions of his subordinates but they cannot name the official or officials who may have to cause a mistake. It goes without saying that since civil servants enjoy this privilege and career advancements are based upon merit, any political waves that they may have created will weight some degree. There are of course have been exceptions in the history of where a Minister has decided to wave this right of anonymity. Two notable cases include the 1989 episode which involved the minister of transport, Benoit Bouchard, and 1982 where the deputy minister of finance resigned.
In reality, a minister cannot be held accountable for the actions of their departments. With the trend of downsizing the cabinet in recent governments, and cabinet shuffles the norm, there is no way that a minister can ever be specialized by the portfolio that they hold… A minister cannot be expected to know the daily operations of his portfolio. Therefore he must rely heavily on his senior staff upon.
Thus, policy implementation, especially from a minister, recently appointed, is constituent on what he is told from the senior permeant staff. Therefore Ministerial responsibly is closely tied to department senior officials. In fact in the history of Canada there only have been two ministers who have resigned over mal-administration of their portfolio. Henry Stevens resigned for the Bennett Conservative government in 1934 because the Prime Minister publicly condemned Stevens’ actions as chair of the Royal Commission of Price Spreads and Mass Buying, and John Fraser resigned from the Mulroney Conservative government in 1985 because he had intervened in the departmental inspection process.
The second compound of Ministerial responsibility is that a minister must explain the actions of their department to Parliament. This is done through the question and answer period. The minister is the “constitutional mouthpiece through which department actions will be defended or repudiated and form whom information is sought. The minister is the sole representative to the House and the focus in the House for those seeking answers and redress.” This accountability is the most important element to the Canadian public. It allows the media, opposition parties, and ultimately the voter to obtain information concerning current governmental policies. It should be noted though that minister does not have to respond to question nor give a reason for not responding. Because the Minister is constitutionally accountable for their departments this is the exception and not the norm. This convention allows backbenchers, and opposition parties to address concerns that their constituents may have that were not satisfactorily answered through the normal bureaucratic channels.
As the opening quote indicates all elected officials must be held accountable if the government wastes public funds, break the law, or violate citizen’s rights. Voters want someone to be held accountable and if the ministers do not take public blame than it usually falls to the public servants.
However, political conventions that protect civil servants identity raises the question as to rather or not they excise power without true accountability. It comes down to three things that the government can do to regulate bureaucratic influence. “Debates, questions, and other procedures in the legislature; Reliance on certain watchdog’ agencies that report directly or indirectly to the legislature; and the use of legislative committees.”
Deputy Minister Accountability
Departments are the public agencies that are central to the government and responsible for the daily operation of this body. The departments are portfolios formally headed by individual ministers. “Departments are thus distinguished from any other type of governmental body by the fact that each is legally under the direct control of a responsible minister.” Due to time constraints and heavy workload ministers have the support of deputies to shoulder some of the managerial aspects of the portfolio. “Ministers are members of a political party, constituency representatives, members of the Cabinet and its committees and members of Parliament.”
Deputy ministers are appointed by the Prime Minister and are in charge of the administration of the policies handed down the minister of the particular departmental office. The deputy’s concerns should mirror those of his minister and must be held directly accountable to him. In all cases, they are responsible for exercising the minister’s authority.
What happens if a deputy minister conflicts with the policies he must administer at the request of the minister? Regardless of what policies a minister delegates to a deputy minister and whether his deputy supports the proposals or not, the minister is held personally accountable to Cabinet, government, Parliament, and the Canadian electorate. “Ministers, therefore, must be able to assure themselves that actions carried out under their authority are by the requirements of the responsible exercise of power.” In the chain of command, the minister is ultimately responsible for the actions of his support staff including his deputy minister. The deputy minister is accountable, but, it is the office of the minister that undergoes the public scrutiny if conflict ensues or policy fails.
The Public Servants
Then the question becomes, who holds the real political power? The answer is simple, the public servants. These servants are responsible for the implementation of departmental policies and are held directly accountable to only a small number of political members. They are the ones who determine who will get what limited government resources and how governmental policy will be implemented which will affect future governmental policy.
To make public servants accountable authority must be exercised over them by those higher in the chain of command. The difficulty arises when it comes time to assign individual responsibility to public servants for administrative mishaps because so many public servants are involved in the decision-making process. Public services have continued to grow in size as with this increased growth so to have their responsibilities grown in complexity. Who are the public servants accountable to?
Public servants are directly accountable only to political and administrative superiors, the courts, and any internal governmental authorities (e.g. central agencies) to which accountability is required by law or the administrative hierarchy. They are not directly accountable to the legislature, to pressure groups, the news media, or the general public. However, they are generally required to explain their decisions to these entities.
Acts of Parliament are one method of control over public servants. However, the problems arise that senior officials influence the content of legislation. Formally, the Minister and Cabinet make a policy and Civil Servants are responsible for the implementation of that policy. Although in effect it is the Civil Servants who have an enormous amount of influence over the development and implementation of policy, therefore it would be unthinkable to hold the ministers personally accountable in this sense. This does not by no means implies that a Minister can not be held accountable at all.
Parliament uses five methods to excise control over the bureaucracy. They are watchdog’ agencies; ombudsman (provincially); Public Service Commission of Canada; Auditor General and Parliamentary Committees. This paper will look at the two most common in the public eye: The Office of the Auditor-General and Ombudsman.
Watchdog agencies such as the Office of Auditor General assist legislators in the accountability of bureaucrats. In particular, the Auditor General keeps track of bureaucratic expenditures to ensure that monies are spent and properly recorded as allocated by Parliament. Also, this person reports on the effectiveness of social programs, environmental and economic policies. It should be noted that the Auditor General is the only person who is allowed to report directly to Parliament without having to go through a Minister.
The Auditor-General must submit an annual report to Parliament on his findings. Because of the political neutrality of this office, this report is usually welcomed by the media as a detailed assessment of governmental policies. While at the same time it provides the opposition in Parliament much creditable evidence to governmental waste.
Another watchdog agency would be that of the Ombudsman. Although currently, this office is only on the Provincial level. The Ombudsman investigates any complaints about improper administrative treatment in the bureaucracy. If a complaint is found to be valid then it is this personal responsible to inform the bureaucracy of how to correct the situation. It is important to note that an ombudsman does not possess authoritative power over civil servants but rather they influences’ bureaucrats to make changes.
This paper took a detailed look at accountability in the public sector and political conventions associated with this subject. It has shown the limitations of both collective and individual ministerial responsibility; outlined bureaucratic power, and briefly touched upon legislative control.
A minister is formally held accountable for the actions of their portfolio. But because of ministerial dependency upon senior civil servants and political conventions that in essence protect the government, this accountability is not more than moral responsibility. The power of the civil servant is increasing becoming broader as Ministerial portfolios are combined with the modern trend of downsizing cabinet. The influential power of the civil servant is increased as ministers are becoming unspecialized in their portfolios.
The only effective legislative accountability is done through the office of the auditor general. With their annual reports, they give Parliament an insight as to the effectiveness of governmental policies. Although Parliament has no effective way to sanction a Minister or department who’s an interpretation of governmental policy differs from their own. This is not to say that the government is beyond the means of total control. History has proven and will continue to prove, that in a democratic society such as Canada, that ultimately ministers and Parliament are held accountable in the public eye at the time of elections.
Accountability is key to success, here are some tips on how you can implement it.
Everyone needs accountability for any sort of goal they set out to achieve. Whether it’s to lose a certain amount of weight, save up more money for a sweet vacation, quit drinking, read a certain amount of book each month, or to spend more time with your family and so on. The main point is that people need accountability.
Everyone wants to live their life as positively as they can but they need to stick to their agenda.
One of the best things you can do is have a buddy to help each other achieve each other’s accountability making it a win/win scenario for both parties with both of you getting the accountability you may need!
This will lead to a more fruitful and happier life, which is something everyone wants in life.
Going to the gym is tough…
We know it can be quite difficult working out sometimes and for first-time beginners, it can be tough to stick by. But while you may want to put a stop to the repetitiveness of working out at a gym or home, getting your daily dose of exercise is all about learning accountability.
Accountability for working out allows you to include an incentive in staying committed to an exercise program. A drill sergeant threatening you to continue pushing onwards isn’t needed to get your exercises done. It’s all about transforming your mindset from exercising is a means to an end to every workout being something that can improve your life for the better. All you need to do is stick to a few simple rules to achieve such results.
Before we dive into that, start thinking about what’s important for you when you think about your health, whether it be mental or physical. When someone establishes their priorities, they need to set an intention for workout accountability plans.
Think of it as a road trip, if you thought you didn’t need a map, you’d be completely lost. Having an idea of where you wish to end up and how to stay on the correct path is what will drive you directly to your final destination. Write down a list of your current fitness goals and be specific about them!
- Do you wish to lose weight?
- Are you trying to lower your cholesterol?
- How many times a week can you make it to the gym?
These are just a few examples you can use but make sure to come up with a set of goals you can achieve. Once you’ve become sure of what you want, let’s make sure you continue to stay on the correct path. Accountability means establishing a set of guidelines, and even potential consequences that will encourage you to never miss a scheduled workout.
Luckily, there are little things you can do to help you focus and achieve your fitness goals.
Making a schedule
This one’s quite simple to pull off, just look at your week and find the day and time when you’re going to be free to exercise. Ensure you’ll be capable of maintaining a regular schedule. But if this isn’t possible, every weekend set your schedule for each week.
The point of this is to stick with the schedule you’ve created so that you develop a habit of working hard and achieving your life goals.
Signing up for fitness classes or competitions.
There’s nothing like having a mindset of “I’ve got to be fit before this specific date” or “ I have a fitness class at X time” mindset to get you moving.
Having something scheduled with organized workouts or even competition makes you aware of people waiting for you to be there. Begin by attending a regular fitness class.
If you find your attendance is sporadic, register for a 5-10 week training course. Signing up for competitions such as the 5k obstacle race, or Crossfit competition also gives you something way more motivating to work towards than simply improving your looks.
After All, if you don’t put the time to train, you might not be able to complete the race!
Personal trainers are also great for achieving accountability. Not only will they help you with making sure you achieve the optimal amount of exercise but are very flexible with their time.
If you need to reschedule for certain days or hours, a personal trainer can set their schedule up to fit yours. This also guarantees you do not ditch your trainer know that they are also waiting for you, and you may be charged for each session, so wasting that time and money wouldn’t be a good idea!
Traditionally hiring a personal trainer would require you to go to a gym and sign up for an expensive session. Today we live in a digital age where that isn’t necessary. Matter of fact, you can use an app like Ladder to get a personal trainer at your fingertips for less than a coffee a day. Worth checking out!
Sharing your goals.
Regardless of how many people you have in your social network, sharing your workout plan through social media before it happens can help you stick to the plan.
Setting a goal about how many weights you’ll lift or miles you might run helps you keep accountability. Friends and family make some of the best motivational impressions by offering their best wishes to achieve your fitness goals.
It just might be that extra boost you may need. That and being asked by a friend or family member about your exercises and skipping out of them can lead to some embarrassing ribbing from them.
Workout buddy or group.
Having a support system set in a place filled with friends who have similar goals and exercise interest turns workouts into a more social activity.
Certain gyms might provide a community-friendly environment where everyone can keep each other accountable and excited to continue returning for more.
While some might be leery of bothering strangers don’t be afraid to ask someone to spot for you, not only will it ensure you have someone to help you in case of an emergency, but can also be a great way to extend a hand in friendship to a fellow exercise buddy!
Video diaries have become quite popular in recent years. Recording yourself discussing your goals or performing awesome gains, then uploading them to either Instagram or Youtube can be quite fruitful. If sharing it with close family members and friends isn’t your thing, find a like-minded online forum.
Finding others that share in your goals and follow you to see your progress will not only hold you of accountability but inspire those who witness your goals being achieved.
Taking a picture every month.
Tracking your results in a special album on your phone or computer can help you see changes you normally wouldn’t spot. Take a photo of how you look like in either your underpants or favorite clothing. Scales can sometimes deceive a person while seeing a side by side picture of your body changing each month can be quite the confidence booster. To up the ante, take a “before” picture of yourself, along with a set of goals. This way you’ll be able to see the differences from when you started to where you currently are.
Set aside your workout clothes.
Similar to that of packing a luggage bag or school bag, packing a gym bag will make things much easier for you, and ensure you’re less likely to not skip out on gym time. For those of you who are morning people, pack the gym bag or even set your gym shoes by the front door, the night before. If a night workout is more of your thing, throw a packed gym bag in your car. Regardless, after you complete one workout, prepare yourself for the next one!
Sometimes you may need a little bonus for achieving even short-term goals even if it’s something like making it to the gym this week. Create a workout log and have a reward attached to hitting a certain goal, whether it’s losing 10 pounds or lifting 50. It can be anything, from purchasing some new gym shoes to scheduling a message, and so on.
Everyone needs a small boost of motivation at times and if you’re reaching goals means celebrating milestones and non-scale successes, then go for it!
Sleeping in your workout clothes.
While most of you would prefer to sleep in a comfy set of pajamas, wearing your workout clothes to sleep can greatly benefit you. This may sound funny, but if you have a workout planned for the morning, sleeping in your workout clothes can help remind and motivate you.
This way, if you do skip out on your workout for whatever reason, you’ll start to feel like you’ve let yourself down as you begin to take your workout clothes off. No one likes feeling bad about themselves, after all, this ensures you from denying your workout routine every morning.
Hopefully, you’ll find these tips useful for working out in the future. It’s not the easiest thing to do but it can be one of the most rewarding if you stick to your goals. Try to remember that accountability is a positive thing! It means you are responsible for your development. It means you’ll be placed in a position to make the best possible choices when it comes to achieving your fitness goals. It may be hard and take time, but it will be well worth your efforts!
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Personal responsibility and accountability go hand in hand. Each just as important as the other. Without one, you cannot have the other. Essentially they are the same thing. Having responsibility means being accountable for your actions and or personal items at all times. Being accountable means knowing where all of your things are at all times. So basically without one, you cannot have the other. Both are important to be a good soldier in the Army. If a soldier doesn’t have either accountability or responsibility he or she is not a good soldier.
Not having these qualities can lead to being an untrained and ineffective soldier. They say you’re only as strong as you’re the weakest link. So if a unit goes out on a patrol how can the unit be effective if one soldier doesn’t have responsibility or accountability? Better yet how can that soldier be trusted? In other words, the soldier that does not keep these qualities puts all the other soldiers with him or her in danger. Not having these qualities makes everyday tasks difficult as well. Things like personal hygiene and sleeping become difficult if a soldier cannot keep account of things like their keys.
Such a small yet important thing to always have. Or things like having the correct gear at all times. Skimping on the packing list could prove to be a bad idea if it so happens to rain. Maybe not having all your gear could cause you to not train. Not training doesn’t help anyone and causes an ineffective soldier. Having responsibility and accountability is necessary every day in everything you do. From having your meal card for chow to going out on the weekends and having a safe way home if you are not able to do so on your own.
Things like being a responsible designated driver and having the accountability of all of your friends so they don’t get themselves into trouble. Or as a team leader and knowing where all your soldiers are so one doesn’t get lost or captured. Having accountability for your weapon is also extremely important. Not having your weapon means that you have no means of defense if ever attacked.
Not to mention they are expensive and not knowing where your weapon is causing unneeded stress and headache for soldiers including chain of command. Responsibility and accountability come into play as well when it comes to a soldier’s actions.
Always doing the right things is key to being a good soldier. It is 100% necessary to do the right thing as a soldier. Only soldiers who have responsibility and accountability do the right thing. In other words, both qualities are important to be a soldier never the less an infantryman in the Army.
They go hand in hand. You cannot have accountability without responsibility and vice versa. Other than living the Army values, these two qualities are two of the most important qualities a soldier can have. Without them being a good soldier is impossible.
The following sample essay on Accountability Essays discusses it in detail, offering basic facts and pros and cons associated with it. To read the essay’s introduction, body and conclusion, scroll down.
Why Accountability Is Important It is important to note first, what accountability is. I will state why it is important as well as go over scenarios in dealing with accountability. Accountability means being liable to be called to account; answerable. A good military definition of the word would be and usually means to be liable for paperwork and or property, and personnel; usually of lesser grade and rank. When dealing with army leadership and duties; being a soldier and or a leader means being accountable for what you do or don’t do as well as implied duties and responsibilities.
As a leader, being one means to be accountable not only for one’s actions but for the actions of the soldiers for which you are assigned. One is to be accountable for equipment that is assigned to ones-self as well. The department of defense states and defines accountability to be an obligation imposed by law or lawful order or regulation on an officer or other person for keeping an accurate records of property, documents, or funds. The person having this obligation may or may not have actual possession of the property, documents, or funds.
Accountability is concerned primarily with records, while responsibility is concerned primarily with custody, care, and safe-keeping. But again, let us not get the definitions confused. The term accountability differs from the term of responsibility. There is a big difference. There are reporting procedures and processes for recording and accounting for personnel and equipment. There are different types and ways of reporting within different sizes and types of elements of a command.
Why Accountability Is Important
There are also ways in which one will report to one who is in a designated duty position and or of higher rank and grade within different elements of commands. How a soldier may report can be orally or written to account for property, equipment, and or personnel. Soldiers must always be accountable for their actions. For every action, there is a reaction. Soldiers are to be held to account for their actions because they represent the United States of America within the states as well as overseas in other parts of the world.
Sometimes, we are the only source of information as to how people may think what our behavior is and how all other Americans may behave in their own country based on even one soldier’s sole actions whether negative or positive. We must be accountable for what we do or don’t do. If we, as soldiers, are assigned a task that is to be completed, but we fail and do not get it accomplished, then we have to account and answer for it. If we lose a piece of equipment, it becomes lost or destroyed, we have to be held accountable for it and solve the problem to correct the situation however it may need to be corrected.
Mission readiness is the answer to why accountability is so important. We must accomplish the mission at all costs with the least amount of loss whether it be soldiers or equipment. Without all of the soldiers or equipment present, the mission may not be able to be accomplished. Even if only one soldier or piece of equipment is not present the mission may not be fully capable of being accomplished as the lack of either one would be detrimental to the mission.
If a piece of equipment or a soldier is not on time at the start or finish of a mission, it may determine the outcome of the mission in regards to it being accomplished and success or not. Either way, to be accountable for the pieces of equipment or the lack of soldiers present means providing an answer to someone else who will have to be accountable for them to another. One will wish to know why a mission was not accomplished. A superior ranking individual will wish to know for sure. Accountable one must have an answer.
If we are not held accountable for our actions then someone else takes the blame or we never accept responsibility for them and may become a pattern. If this happens, then we cannot correct the problem that causes accountability error from the start. This would be due to a cognitive lethargic display of thought processes and or apathy. If it is not the sole cause, but a contributing factor then other problems that affect soldiers or leader’s life may be the main causal factor in not being held accountable for their actions. Someone is always accountable and answerable to the next one in a chain of command.
When the answer is needed, an entire chain of command as to why and how a mission did not attain a status of successful or completed, it affects the entire chain of command and the army itself when you think about it. One could debate about it in regards to the butterfly effect; or the chaos theory. The theory that one small move such as the flap of a butterfly wing or a car accident affects all of us on a world-wide level even though it may seem minuscule. Leaders must be accountable for the discipline, leadership, and training of the soldiers.
While soldiers are accountable for their actions, equipment, and sometimes when directed, the actions of others; so are leaders for the actions of their subordinates and so forth up the chain of command. This is all an example of accountability. If we did not have this accountability in the process as a standard in the United States Army then we would not be the successful fighting force that we are today. Leaders are under the most stress as they are held accountable for more actions than their soldiers. They are also responsible for the training and mentorship of soldiers.
They must lead and develop them to become better soldiers and future leaders themselves. Leaders have many duties and responsibilities that they must be accountable for. Keeping the accountability of not only people, but the equipment also helps cut down on waste. Fraud waste and abuse is a big deal in the army as there are rules and regulations to address these concerns within the army as it is written doctrine. Do you have any idea how much it would cost to replace all the equipment and people lost if leaders simply never noticed they were gone and constantly had to replace them?
One of the United States military’s biggest concerns is to never leave a man behind, dead or alive. It is perhaps this knowledge that they will never be left which keeps many troops confident in their job. How hard would you fight if you knew that your life was expendable and should you go missing, you would be written off and forgotten? I know for myself that I would not fight very hard if nobody cared about me in general. Accountability is one of those ways to show subordinates that you do care about them. Others may look at it in a negative way.
They may say that, “Man, he is always on my case about where I am and this and that”, but this is a way to know that one is being cared for. Knowing where items and troops are kept superiors able to know what can be accomplished and planned as far as missions and tasks. How could a plan be carried out to its full potential if the equipment type and capability and an account for soldiers are not known as well? It would be impossible to get an accurate account to plan without the knowledge of this information. Having an account of this information also keeps the army informed of how many more or fewer soldiers are needed to accomplish a mission or task.
There is paperwork to be processed to help keep accountability for all of the personnel and equipment within any given unit or command group. If the property is lost damaged or stolen, one will be held accountable for those issues in regards to them as well. If there is an investigation on the soldier(s) or piece(s) of equipment, CID will be in charge and held accountable for the investigation. Everyone plays a part in accountability on some level, one way or the other.
Example #9 – interesting ideas
Accountability is being responsible for every assignment or task within your purview that you have been assigned. There is direct accountability and indirect accountability. Indirect accountability might be for a Commanding Officer, although not directly in charge of men/supervising them, he is responsible for everything the unit does or FAIL to do.
Adm accountability is when a planned event, which is being monitored or recorded is tracked for efficiency and success.
Accountability is an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions. Now for the Army, it becomes an obligation more than“willingness” while you have to be willing to do it as well. Those that are unable to be accountable are the ones that jeopardize the combat readiness of any unit. It is the understanding that from the bottom up.
Top-down and laterally everyone is going to do and is willing to do the right thing even when no one else is looking. This is practiced at your home base where everyone is assigned tasks and details not only including your job that you are expected to do and do right but hold others accountable as well as a system of “check yourself, then check your buddy.” Doing the job correctly and ensuring others do it as well and do it safely are all part of accountability in the military as one does not have to experience combat to understand that just being in the military is inherently dangerous given the types of equipment and weapons that are used to train and deploy with.
As an example any live weapons range you go to the part of the safety brief is “everyone here is a range safety” meaning anyone can call a cease-fire if they observe dangerous behavior or a situation regardless of rank and it can be a Colonel or a brand new private, does not matter. As such in that event, everyone becomes accountable not only for the operation of the range, the mission objective to have everyone qualify but do it safely as well. When I used to teach this class I would use this analogy:
In Germany to obtain an operators permit or drivers license everyone must go through six months of driver education as well as pay what is I believe today is around three thousand dollars to include any vehicle on the road must pass a state inspection which is far from a cursory look at the fenders. Now with that, they take driving and safety very seriously given the open-ended speeds on many of the autobahns but the bottom line is they go through such lengths to ensure only safe vehicles and safe operators are on the road making the Government accountable to the citizens to ensure that happens.
On top of that anyone that operates a vehicle in Germany does so with the understanding that everyone on the road is accountable for their actions. Sure you still drive defensively but much of the “risk” is taken out of the equation as every operator goes with the expectation that the other guy or gal is going to act responsibly as well, not just you.
So, in the military, the same thing goes. We spend thousands of dollars for each person to be trained and when ready, the expectation at your permanent party duty station is that you are going to be accountable for your actions and you as an individual operate that everyone around you is going to do the same as that is what is not only taught but is expected. That and you train as you fight. Fire discipline, knowing who is to your front, left, right and rear and the mission itself right down to the last private with the understanding that when your direct supervisor is taken out then it is up to you to step up and complete the mission. That is being accountable for yourself, your actions, and the actions of others as well.
I remember an incident that occurred about 20 years ago at Twentynine Palms Marine base. The unit did not hold an accountability formation after returning from a training exercise. Even worse NCOs were allowed to depart on leave without ensuring the accountability of every Marine in the unit. By the time they noticed that a Marine had been left out in the middle of the desert – he was dead.
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