5 - Published November 12, 2010 by in Leadership, Risk

“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Stephen R. Covey

Yesterday was Veterans Day.  I’m very thankful for those who have and presently serve in the Armed Forces.  I think of the word accountability a lot in work, owning a business and running a lacrosse team.  I’m reminded of General Eisenhower, the night before the D-Day invasion landings in Normandy took place.  Some historians and authors have called it “the most important day in the 20th Century.” In the event the invasion failed, General Eisenhower drafted a note which he kept in his wallet,

“Our landings in the Cherbourg-Havre area have failed to gain a satisfactory foothold and I have withdrawn the troops. My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available. The troops, the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do. If any blame or fault attaches to the attempt it is mine alone.”

The landings were not perfect… but he never had to “use” that note.   Eisenhower eventually became the 34th President of the United States.

This is accountability.


5 Responses to Accountability

  1. emoose December 3, 2012 at 9:09 pm #

    Very well said….and guess what….Bates last two recruiting classes are very good
    He wants to win…just not at all cost….He already went through that mess at Brown…
    No one is calling for his head because the kids love him and they learn something much bigger than lacrosse……….life! 

    • Swank December 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm #

      Good recruiter, terrible coach. Does not develop talent or create a system for players to be successful in. If you really think winning and learning life lessons are mutually exclusive, then you should just move on from this discussion anyways.

      • emoose December 4, 2012 at 12:01 am #

        Wow…..I have had three sons play in college….all from the same ridicoulously winning high school program where not one life lesson was learned… was actually not fun….it would be nice to have both and those situations are few and far between….if someone does not agree with you , they must move on…..must be great to start you own blog then
        designate yourself GOD…..

        • Swank December 4, 2012 at 6:57 pm #

          Winning does not guarantee life lessons are being taught, but you can win and impart life lessons. Hence “not mutually exclusive”


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