I went back and started watching old episodes of The Office this past week. This show always makes me a little uncomfortable and also makes me laugh. The subject matter is always a bit over-embelished but usually very true. That is just a great combo… it’s a win win win.
This particular episode was about accountability. The Office manager, Michael
Scarn Scott, is met with the challenges of a new Boss. I can honestly say that I have been there,(as anyone in my small group can atest to) It is not an easy adjustment and I think the reasons are clear and simple…
1) It’s comfortable– Sometimes in life, we unknowingly commit ourselves into the “comfortableness” of a routine. No one really likes to change from their comfortable routine and have to start doing things differently. Think about your day right now… I can bet that you have more than a few routines that you follow without even putting a thought to it. Not saying all routines are bad, just that they can be an obstacle to change. I am not even going to go into the fact that the new boss is obviously an idiot. What? did I just say… that brings me to #2
2) Everyone else is an idiot – So you have been working here for 14 years and doing _____ the same way forever. Now this egomaniac wants to come in and tell me his way is better! When you find yourself going toward this line of reasoning, it is best to stop and look at it from all perspectives. He or she may see something you have overlooked and might have some insight to what might work out better. Are you as open-minded as you think? Probably not and if you don’t stop and think you may be guilty of (see #1). I also have to mention that not to many people like to be wrong. Especially when they are a Know-it-all. Sometimes it takes a little humbling before you can admit that you might still have something to learn… brings me to my next point.
3) I prefer to be left alone– I know what you are thinking and I can hear it from Micheal Scott himself, “Truth be told, I thrive under a lack of accountability.” That is a direct quote from The Office and when you listen to it, it sounds absurd. The truth is many of us prefer it this way. We would much rather have a lack of accountability, than to have to face the weaknesses in ourselves. It might then force us to change(refer to #1) or face the fact we aren’t perfect(refer to #2). Basically once you know the truth of who you are, you can’t really stay the same. That is why we/I prefer to be left alone. When I screw up, I don’t have anyone asking me why this happened. I don’t have anyone asking how we can do it better so it doesn’t happen again. I don’t have people getting in my routine and changing what I do so I can’t mess it up. Oh the joys of having accountability.
The truth I have found is that by myself I am never challenged. Sure we all have personal goals, but come on, we are pretty easy on ourselves. But when I listen to the people around me and with their help and guidance, I learn so much more about life, and about myself… basically with an open mind and teachable spirit…
you have no idea how high I can fly 😉