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Keith W Henline

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Responsibility, the missing link to progress

Everybody talks about responsibility. Over and over again we hear "I am responsible" however there are no repercussions, it is just three lovely words that are in fact a "get out of jail free card".

OK my friends let's bust this subject wide open!
On my fourth attempt TED finally allowed this conversation I suspect because the people involved in Corporations have a largest impact on "responsibility" simply because of the size of the organizations. This is not about "organizations". This is about individuals who are serving within organizations and that is where the responsibility lies.

I believe this lack of responsibility at the core of every organization is the biggest problem the world has ever experienced and it is about time we looked at it. As long as the world continues to bury it head in the sand and ignore this chaos will prevail.

Just because we put on a different mask at work does not relieve us as individuals of responsibility no matter what our corrupt laws may say.
"Man’s law is not just, it is just law"- Keith W Henline
“Law is mind without reason”- Aristotle

Recent Examples of Political Responsibility Gone Wrong:
Governor Chris Christie (Fort Lee Traffic Scandal)
Ex-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (Beghazi Scandal)
The American Solution (Wonderful.. Now they are Qualified to run for President)
It reminds me of the qualifications for getting into a gang or the Mafia

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Closing Statement from Keith W Henline

Responsibility of course is personal thing which spills over into every other aspect of our lives. Family, friends, business, religion, work and play all are effected by our ability to be responsible. That responsibility flows from the individual all the way to top of our government and back again. We love to point fingers at the government and shift the blame to anywhere else beside ourselves but that dog won't hunt, that excuse won't fly. I wrote this years ago and I think it is still the bottom line:

"The Law of supply and demand, you control it and no government, politician, corporation or military can break it. This law is the only viable solution to all the world's problems and it is totally up to you! If you want more pollution, crime poverty and injustice, keep buying what they are selling. If you want change, simply change your buying habits. It is that simple!"- Keith W Henline

It must start with you! "Be the change that you want to see in the world"- Mahatma Gandhi

Thank you one and all for your inspiring challenges and participation.

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    Dec 30 2013: Keith what exactly do you mean with "responsibility" ?
    If you are a janitor in a corporation, your responsibility most likely will be to keep the floors clean.
    On the other hand, the responsibilities of a CEO are obviously a bit more complex.
    Then, the question also arises as to who defines the responsibilities. While this might be easy to answer in the case of our janitor it becomes again more complex in the case of the CEO.
    If you look at governments, what is their responsibility ? People can't even make up their minds as to what the government should be responsible for. Some want the govt to stay out of their affairs as much as possible while others expect govt to hold their hands 24/7. So which expectations should the govt. accommodate ?
    The way I see it, before talking about responsibilities, one has to clearly define the expectations. This is true for organizations as well as individuals.
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      Dec 30 2013: Whatever job or position I have I am expected to do the right thing.
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        Dec 31 2013: Kieth, Would it be possible to use terms like ownership, be held accountable, accept responsibility and the rewards / consequences of one actions, etc ...

        In 2010 SCOTUS declared corporations to have person hood. So does that means that there is corporate and individual responsibility withing the corporation?

        In government ... Harry Truman once said the Buck stops here .... todays politicians say it is the fault of the other guy and pay millions to spin doctors to hide the problem ... it seldom is dealt with and never goes away.

        Your quote from above: Whatever job or position I have I am expected to do the right thing. Is the mark of a man with honor and character. Rare these days.

        John R. Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, received $2,401,112 salary/compensation from the charity for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. From: Wikipedia .. American Cancer Society. I is my opinion that the salary is very "charitable".

        In 1995 the Arizona chapter used about 95% of its donations for paying salaries and other overhead costs, resulting in a 22 to 1 ratio of overhead to actual money spent on the cause. That would be approximately five cents of each dollar to the cause. (same source)

        We are making progress in the fight against cancer ... but has the American Cancer Society acted responsibly? (my opinion) NO.

        Just my opinion .... Bob.
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          Dec 31 2013: I fully agree. The example of the cancer society shows exactly that the issue isn't that simple.
          While I agree that they wasted (and still waste a lot of money (and so do most charities) some people might claim that they improved the life of many and hence see them as responsible.
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          Dec 31 2013: There is an old saying that you can't get there from here. Coupled with another which says progress not perfection. Now if we start with the assumption that none of us are perfect we can come up with a scenario that goes something like this: 1) We strive each day to do the best we can with the tools we have been given today. 2) Tomorrow we may have better tools and better circumstances and if we apply rule #1 the results should progressively get better. Life is a journey and not a destination. There is no judgement at the end of life, judgement comes every single time we make a choice and it follows like night follows day. It is the law of cause and effect.
          In other words, you are your own judge and you alone make meaningful judgements every time you chose to do the right thing or otherwise. It is all up to you, you can build a prison around yourself or you can build a mansion.
          "Death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely"- Buddha
          "No one saves us but ourselves. We ourselves must walk the path"- Buddha
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        Dec 31 2013: That might be, but somebody has to decide what the "right" thing is. Sometimes this is obvious, but in many cases it is not.
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          Dec 31 2013: It is always "you" who decides what is right.
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          Dec 31 2013: Harald,
          You write...
          "If you are a janitor in a corporation, your responsibility most likely will be to keep the floors clean. On the other hand, the responsibilities of a CEO are...a bit more complex.
          "...the question...arises as to who defines the responsibilities. While this might be easy to answer in the case of our janitor it becomes... more complex in the case of the CEO."

          I believe it is relatively easy to answer your question regarding these positions. Generally, BOTH of the positions you use for examples have job descriptions, so on a simple level, that is usually a guide.

          You state..."If you look at governments, what is their responsibility? People can't even make up their minds as to what the government should be responsible for. Some want the govt to stay out of their affairs as much as possible while others expect govt to hold their hands 24/7. So which expectations should the govt. accommodate ?"

          I think there are also job descriptions for government jobs/appointments/and elected officials. In my perception, people within government organizations can be accountable and responsible by following the wishes of the majority.

          Harald..."The way I see it, before talking about responsibilities, one has to clearly define the expectations. This is true for organizations as well as individuals."

          Every position I have held in local, regional or state government, every job I have had, and every volunteer position I have held has had job descriptions, and I agree with you that it is important to define the expectations of people holding certain jobs and positions. It seems like that is done quite regularly in our society.

          I agree with Keith... it is up to us, as individuals to follow the requirements of the job description or not. I think what is confusing regarding government, is, as you say....some constituents want one thing.....some another. Majority rules.....yes?

          Remember what you said in a recent comment....sometimes humans make things too difficult!
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          Dec 31 2013: Colleen, you are correct that the public sector has job descriptions. But many, and most of those involving policy and high level professional judgment, are left unspecific enough to give a person who holds the job the flexibility to make adaptive judgments in changing times and to spread to different tasks and emphases. I have never seen a job description in the public sector that could be mistaken for a goal-setting document or that embodies metrics for evaluation of job performance.
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        Dec 31 2013: "It is always "you" who decides what is right."
        I can decide what I think is right from MY POV. However, that doesn't necessarily have to agree with what others think is right.
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          Dec 31 2013: Because I believe with good reason that most of the population is in a "drug" induced stupor, ironically the more people that disagree with me, the more I am reassured that my actions or thoughts are correct.
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        Dec 31 2013: Unfortunately, I have to agree with you. Not sure if it is stupor or plain laziness.
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      Dec 31 2013: " .... some people might claim that they improved the life of many and hence see them as responsible."

      Your right of course ... which leads us to the greater problem ... a public that does no research and is is willfully uninformed. The United States of the Sheeple.

      People throw money at issues to ease their conscience. Facts would just mean that they would have to live with themselves and let the ole conscience keep on ticking. Naw ... throw the money ....

      Thanks for the reply .... Bob.
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        Dec 31 2013: The bigger question is how do you change society ? How can you get people more interested, more educated, more involved, etc.
        Look at this case of this 13 year old girl that was declared brain dead already a few weeks ago but her family refuses to disconnect her from the life support system because they believe, based on their ignorance coupled with religious belief that a miracle still can happen against all odds.
        That is the kind of ignorance that damages society and that's something we have to figure out solutions for.
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          Dec 31 2013: Yeah, I feel bad for the family. However, brain dead is pretty conclusive. There has been no mention of how this is all being funded. Are they insured, on welfare, no insurance, in the great Obamacare debates this should be ammo for one side or the other. Wonder how long it will take for some reporter to exploit this as a insurance issue. A death panel issue. The other problem is a judge that has caved in and supported the family when no hope exists. The media has kept this alive as a story ... just like Colorado .. Sandy Hook .. etc... Time to leave the families alone and let them have closure.

          The media should find out where the billions went that were assigned to Haiti and Katerina. That would be useful to prevent this type of corruption.

          Heck we can't even get people to take a interest in their own children let alone events and/or politics.

          Now with CORE and STEM subjects like econ and poli/sci will be cast aside. Perhaps giving credence to the argument of the Dumbing Down of America.

          I wish you well. Bob.

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