The key to a successful transformation involves activities, behaviors, and systems that when successfully implemented, will proactively empower your team to develop personal responsibility.

The Responsibility Formula

The responsibility formula is taught by author of the Success Principles, Jack Canfield, E+R=O. E+R=O translates to Event + your Response = Outcome (or the result) you experience. Oftentimes, many people strictly focus on the outcome instead of taking into account that they have a choice on how to respond to the events that have occurred. 

Individuals who embrace personal responsibility believe that they have a direct role in their results, positive or negative. Employees who take on personal responsibility recognize what they contribute or fail to provide can have a direct result on the outcome. This incentivizes them to communicate effectively, especially when they need help or realize they may not meet their commitments. People that hold themselves personally responsible have a deeper appreciation for their results and the results of others. 

Empower Your Team 

In order to empower your team to embody personal accountability you have to provide this expectation. For example, communicate the expectation that every individual within your company is responsible for particular goals.  After you have set the expectation, make sure you continue to lead by example demonstrating personal responsibility through your own actions. 

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To help with this process, use the following questions and encourage everyone in your organization to do likewise.


1. What actions will I take to move my projects or area’s metrics forward?

Specifically lay out the actions in detail that you will take to move forward.  

2. What are my top priorities that I must complete?

Organize a list of your priorities ranking from the most crucial/time sensitive to the least. This will ultimately help you get your priorities in line.

3. How am I contributing to improvement in my area, my team, and the company’s performance?

Make sure you are established in your role and how you overall are contributing to all aspects.

4. Am I holding myself to a higher standard than anyone else would hold me to?

Time for some serious self-reflection. Ask yourself if you are continuing to challenge yourself and uphold a standard that you are capable of maintaining.


This sort of development is just a small piece of how you could be improving your teams. If you’re interested in learning more about improving your team effectiveness we have resources here. 


What a physical resource to put actions in motion? The book below is a great option!

Act Now! A Daily Action Log for Achieving Your Goals in 90 Days, by Pete Winiarski