The Responsibility Process® – Unlocking Your Natural Ability to Live and Lead With Power

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Awareness of a mental pattern (derived from leadership research) we all use to process thoughts about taking and avoiding responsibility now makes it possible for leaders and coaches to understand and teach the mental processes, language, and keys to personal responsibility. Doing so inspires ownership behavior and shared language in teams and work groups for thinking, communication, and decision-making. By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to: (1) Explain the importance of personal responsibility (ownership behavior) for success in any pursuit; (2) Provide at least one reason why good, smart people naturally avoid responsibility and why they take it; (3) State the stages within The Responsibility Process and how it works within the mind; (4) Self-apply The Responsibility Process to grow instead of cope when encountering minor frustrations; and (5) Describe why “giving advice” is one of the weakest strategies to guide others to take responsibility and explain at least one other alternative which would be more effective. Back at work, participants should be ready to put the following skills to use: (a) Explain the basic concepts of The Responsibility Process and the 3 Keys to Responsibility to those you lead (and coach); (b) Progressively apply the 3 Keys to Responsibility to your larger upsets; and (c) Apply the basic principles for teaching responsibility to those whom you lead (and coach).

Time Allocation - Topics

  • 7% Welcome, Orientation (the Big Why), and Logistics
  • 20% Learning The Responsibility Process for personal leadership effectiveness
  • 17% Learning and applying The Keys to Responsibility to unlock and apply The Responsibility Process in yourself and others
  • 8% Accountability does not equal Responsibility (and which is more powerful)
  • 36% How to Increase Responsibility in Others
    • The Fastest Way to Elevate Responsibility in a Group
    • Teaching Responsibility with The Responsibility Process
    • Intervening Effectively and the Role of Agreement
    • Intervening Responsibly and the Role of Advice
  • 6% How to Practice Responsibility to Increase Your Mastery
  • 6% “What Will I Do?” after the Workshop


Primary -- LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT: Adaptability, Coaching, Commitment, Communication, Manage, Mentor

Secondary -- EXECUTIVE/CONTROLLING/EVALUATING: Decision Making, Use of Authority, Delegation, Direction, Guidance, Meeting Schedules, Clear Agreement

Tertiary -- PLANNING/ORGANIZING: Problem Identification, Developing Specific Plans, Generate and Obtain Plan Support, Continuous Learning and Improvement

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Christopher Avery

Christopher Avery, Ph.D. "The Responsibility Process guy" is an award-winning developer of leaders and a reformed management consultant. After a decade helping corporations help smart, ambitious professionals find ways to cope with lives they don't want and think they can't change, Christopher re...


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