The Responsibility Process

Much of what you know about leadership and personal responsibility is about to be disrupted

The Responsibility Process, derived from field studies, shows how all people mentally process thoughts about avoiding or taking responsibility. It is the core of choice, freedom and power.

Awareness of The Responsibility Process provides a framework for learning by individuals, teams, and organizations. It is the first how-to model for taking, teaching, and inspiring personal responsibility – the #1 principle of success in any endeavor.

Responsibility is defined as owning the ability and power to create, choose, and attract. The Responsibility Process starts with the understanding that you are creating, choosing, and attracting things in your life. The question is whether or not you are willing to own it, especially when things don’t seem right.

The Responsibility Process

No one thinks about personal responsibility when things go well

When something goes wrong large or small (for example, lost keys or a lost retirement account), The Responsibility Process kicks in. The mind offers Lay Blame as a reason. If you accept blame as a sufficient reason, then you will act on that blame. If you don’t accept it, then your mind offers you an excuse (Justify). And so on. Thus taking personal responsibility is a step-wise process of refusing to act on a series of irresponsible thoughts that your mind offers up.

  • Responsibility is not just a character trait/flaw. It’s a mental process operating identically in everyone
  • The process can be observed, learned, taught, studied, developed, modeled, and practiced
  • Any willing individual, team, or organization can practice responsibility at ever higher levels
  • The Responsibility Process is most useful when self-applied. It backfires when used to Lay Blame on others.

Learn more about the Stages of The Responsibility Process

Unlocking and mastering The Responsibility Process

The Keys to Responsibility™

Unlock and master Responsibility, through daily practice

Intend to respond from Responsibility when things go wrong


Catch yourself in the coping states of sooner and sooner


Face yourself to see what is true that you can learn, correct, or improve

Try It

You can download, print, and post a copy of The Responsibility Process poster where you will see it frequently. It will surprise you how seeing it supports your intention, your awareness, and even your ability to confront. Try it.

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