014 The Significance of Accountability at Work and in Life – Christopher J. Wirth

Written by on May 28, 2018

When profits dip or a project fails, we all tend to want to pass the buck and avoid taking the blame. But failing to shoulder our individual and collective responsibilities might only make a professional environment more toxic.  Where does responsibility begin at work and how do we go about creating accountability?

Christopher J. Wirth is the president and founder of No Quit Living, where he works with everyone from families and individuals to organizations to improve accountability, effectiveness and efficiency. He is a sought-after coach and speaker, and also hosts No Quit Living’s critically acclaimed podcast.

In this episode, Chris and I discusses leadership, accountability, why we can find our careers in a rut, and how to dig yourself out.


(2:43) – Why Chris is so drawn to examining and facilitating accountability in work and life

(3:30) – “Me vs. We” and figuring out why so many people feel disengaged with their work

(4:43) – How some companies effectively implement greater accountability strategies in their workplaces

(7:16) – Reevaluating hierarchies and management models to improve accountability

(10:41) – Chris’ tips to stay focused and avoid falling into a rut

(14:08) – Looking beyond your paycheck and focusing on the actual value your job brings to your life

(15:30) – Getting out of a rut if you’re unable to avoid it by changing your mindset

(17:30) – How journaling has helped Chris get his “mind right” and why he recommends committing yourself to it

(18:57) – Holding yourself to the same level of accountability as others and preventing a workplace from turning toxic

(23:28) – Taking 100% responsibility in the Willennium

(25:41) – Working individual responsibility into personal relationships to mitigate conflict

(32:10) – Taking questions from listeners, including how edit a lengthy resume



“The reality is whether you’re a company of ten people or a hundred people, you need all your employees working together if you want to get to the next level.”

“We were on the same page, we were just speaking a different language.”

“It’s important to get and to take the temperature of your current and former employees because that tells you all you need to do.”

“The question to ask yourself is ‘Why do I do what I do, and do I really like it?’”

“You can’t go from being unhappy to amazingly happy in seconds, but you do have the ability to change your mindset.”

“When no one takes accountability I think that’s just a recipe for disaster.”

“You need to take 100% ownership in whatever you’re looking to do.”

“I want to be a better version of myself and I want to be more successful in the sense that I can spend my time with who I want, when I want, where I want and why I want.”

“It’s not a question of if you’re going to encounter obstacles and challenges, it’s do you have the ability to keep going.”


Guest Links:

Christopher’s Website: https://www.noquitliving.com/

No Quit Living Podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/no-quit-living-podcast/id1217274216?mt=2



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