According to a recent survey released by Forbes magazine, there are common traits that irritate co-workers. What would be at the top of your list?

  • Bad jokes?
  • Lack of creative ideas?
  • Boring meetings?
  • Always find a copier without paper?

The answer is one that will be the plight of any shepherd. It will cause great frustration for the counselor.

Here is what offices around the world replied:

Regardless of nationality or gender, however, the number one pet peeve of all professionals (selected by 78 percent of the more than 17,000 surveyed globally) is “people not taking ownership for their actions.”

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Taking personal responsibility is what will determine personal long term effectiveness. Growth is accelerated by those that can change a skillset or behavior. The prerequisite to personal change is recognition of need.

Taking personal responsibility is what is required if the team is to retain the sense of trust in each member.

Taking personal responsibility is what humility requires. Pride will plead for you to wig out at the crucial opportunity.

Taking personal responsibility is what level 5 leaders (see Jim Collins book: Good to Great, for a description of Level 5 leaders) do for their team - you take the blame, while sharing the accolades.

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Keith, originally from the desert of Phoenix, Arizona, has been planting a church in Aschaffenburg, Germany for over thirty years. Daughter churches have also been started and missionaries have been sent out of the congregation. Annually, he participates in encouraging other European church-planters and frequently travels to visit them in their respective field of service.

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