This program busts the myth that responsibility has no place in business. It shifts the focus from what happens outside of us (that is not in our control) and puts it right where it must be: inside of us (because we can control our own responses and actions). When we focus our attention and energy to our choices and the action we take responsibility. It’s not easy, and this program is filled with tips and experiences that are useful to every leader. Host Jessica Dewell talks with Meridith Elliott-Powell, author of “Own It – Redefining Responsibility.”

Program 39 - How Responsibility Adds ValueStarting the conversation…

  • What are different definitions of responsibility?
  • What problems crop up when different definitions are applied to everyday work situations?
  • Responsibility is part of the definition of selected company values – it’s what makes carrying out the mission effectively requires.

Transcript for program: How Responsibility Adds Value

Host: Jessica Dewell
Co-Host: Meridith Elliott-Powell

What You Will Hear:

Why responsibility matters, right now.

Focus energy and attention to our own actions counters what society tells us.

Combat blame: what you can and cannot control.

Challenges around responsibility and what we can do about it.

The words we use frame our situation, do you chose to see the opportunity?

When a problem affects us all, and we can come together, to use experience of the group and find a solution.

Choose to complain or you can choose to do something about it. (Think about how it makes us look…)

Tips for Leaders to show up. Our actions matter.

Truth about employee engagement.

Two stories of when times change so our skills and contribution must too.

Advancement doesn’t mean to only go up. Be open to non-traditional.

Myth of the working manager.

Quote from “Own It Redefining Responsibility.”

Managers implement things that the reasons behind them are unknown. What can we guarantee?

Two growth strategies that bring responsibility front and center to our companies.

Equal pay for equal work – women at work.

Notable & Quotable:

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Responsibility is not a burden, it is a freedom.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: It’s a matter of whether you want to move forward and where you put your energy to do that.

Jessica Dewell: When we know we have choices, regardless of how small, everything else builds from the energy of a single choice.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Commitment to behaviors even when the road gets tough.

Jessica Dewell: Don’t look for a silver lining. Look at what’s there and then adapt.

Jessica Dewell: Stop. Look. Ask, what can I do here?

Meridith Elliott-Powell: We have become addicted to entitlement and instant gratification.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Put responsibility back into your life – whatever stage of life you are at.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Every moment your people see you is telling someone if they see future potential in you.

Jessica Dewell: Leadership trifecta: remove obstacles, communication, and develop people.

Jessica Dewell: I am only going to produce [from my team/from my business] what I put in.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Employee engagement is made of of two things: they want support and they want the dead weight gone.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Employee engagement is a culture where they want to engage is where employees feel safe to take a risk and not know it all.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Not everyone wants to be CEO and others don’t have the skills to be CEO.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Developing people is a whole lot of work – you’ve got to want to do it!

Jessica Dewell: Trust takes forever to build and minutes to knock down.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: We can support leadership while being transparent and keeping trust with team.

Jessica Dewell: We are figuring out how the rules changed together.

Meridith Elliott-Powell: Ask for what you want.


  • Own It!

Tags: responsibility, connections, blame, choice, emotion, instant gratification, commitment, adapt, problem solving, success, employee engagement, candid, organizational culture, Peter Principle, structure, efficiency, delegation, people development, trust, integrity, rewards