Taking responsibility

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?
name.redacted: maybe
Matt Philip: Ok, great
name.redacted: call me @ 8:30
Matt Philip: why don’t you set an alarm for yourself?
name.redacted: nope
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.
name.redacted: yep

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

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