Jungle Lessons for Tough Times (Accountability of an Ant)

Has relevance to: Managing my pressures! (FT102); Dealing with personal setbacks (FZ101);

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… what does the ant do?
… what are the desired behaviors?
… what are some quick-fixes (band-aids) to get started on the do&learn?
… what are some do&learn ideas to implement over time?

what does the ant do?


Accountability of an Ant

  • is a successful animal. has survived through evolution and a host of hostile attacks in recent times (check your kitchen, if in doubt! ;))

  • is known to be industrious with a high level of personal discipline and a sense of responsibility


what are the desired behaviors?



  • you hold yourself accountable for bettering the situation (stephen coveys 'circle of influence')

  • you step up into a situation that needs addressing, even if it is not a part of your direct job


what are some band-aids to get started on the do&learn?



  • given the whole situation, what is the one thing you care about most? (if you are able to express concern, some accountability will automatically follow)

  • take up a few (not more than 5) personal quality parameters to track and put in place over a period of 3 months. this may help you to gain confidence in yourself that what you promise, you deliver

  • consider planning your week at the start (of the week) so that your time management does not slip up - and keeps up with your desire to be accountable



what are some do&learn ideas to implement over time?


In tough times ... be SCARED!

  • kerala celebrates onam in memory of king mahabali who preferred to keep his word rather than his kingdom. when we strive to keep our word - we gain in stature and power. Maybe you want to practise, 'the sanctity of your word!'. Perhaps for the same reason - when elders say not to tell lies, the practical payoff is that we learn to build a stronger linkage between our words and actions and thus feel less helpless (and more accountable) in tough times :)

  • learn to - and practise- say 'no'. If you can better control what you will not do, chances are that you will do what you said - better too!. Check out 'assertiveness: the 2 edged sword!' and 'lessons from ship building in 17th century' too.


In tough times ... be SCARED!



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