Taking responsibilityPosted: February 10, 2010
Being excellent starts with a nominal commitment to take responsibility for yourself. One area of responsibility is attending meetings, and being on-time. Unfortunately, some people eschew this responsibility, as evidenced by the following IM chat I actually had with someone:
Matt Philip: we’re going to plan a bit tomorrow morning from 9-9:15 — can you make that?
Matt Philip: Ok, great
name.redacted: call me @ 8:30
Matt Philip: why don’t you set an alarm for yourself?
Matt Philip: I’m not your mom.
name.redacted: nope, but you’re the organizer
Matt Philip: organizer != hand-holder
name.redacted: (organizer != hand-holder) == bad organizer == no attendees
Matt Philip: That’s true, if the attendees are people who can’t take the minimal responsibility for themselves to show up for a meeting without someone holding their hand.
I imagine that, at some point in the not-too-distant past, showing up on-time for meetings was an expected behavior for anyone who planned to hold a job for more than a day. Consider how this behavior and attitude square with the agile emphasis on individuals and interactions, which is based on the following key behaviors:
- respect for the worth of every person
- truth in every communication
- transparency of all data, actions, and decisions
- trust that each person will support the team
- commitment to the team and to the team’s goals