The myth of accountability

Many organizations continue to romance mythological lip service to "holding people accountable" which is code for making sure people know they will have some flavor of punishment or at least sanction for violating dictatorial rules. It's an insult to higher performers and has no power over low performers. It can sometimes intimidate some middle performers into convenient and temporary compliance that lowers their sense of agency.

The frame was the only valid model we had until we had the actual science on what causes people to learn, grow, engage and contribute value. None of this has to do with living in a state of fear or hiding. It has everything to do with focus on passion and strengths while feeling connected, free and valued.