Books by Chris Argyris LO13385

Benjamin B. Compton (
Thu, 24 Apr 1997 16:18:25 -0700

Replying to LO13362 --

Ed writes:

> Ben, IMHO, Adults who are unwilling to learn have failed to see the
> consequences of the process. And often they fail to see these
> consequences because they do not have to be responsible for them. I am
> finding that the issues of accountability are becoming more pronouced in
> the groups with whom I work. You may be able to finesse your boss, but
> you can't finesse your life. It will eventually catch up with you.
> If you listen to great coaches talk about what it takes to build a team,
> they often start by talking about recruiting great talent. Talent is the
> ability to learn, to overcome one's own weaknesses, and to live beyond
> your abilities through team work. "Stupid" people haven't figured that
> out yet. One of my first mentors once told me, that "It is more important
> who you work with than what you do." For the most part he is right.
> Thanks for addressing an obvious, but needed point.

Thanks, Ed, for a great post. Scott Peck, I believe, calls people who
chronically seek to avoid responsibility "character disordered." I think
there are a whole lot of people out there who suffer from this.

Responsibility implies accountability; learning requires growth, growth is
sometimes painful; growth can be risky because it is in moments of growth
-- as we explore unchartered territory -- that we make most of our
mistakes. And taking responsibility for our own mistakes is often
uncomfortable. But I've never believed there's much to be gained by
running from the pain of growth. In fact I think we're at our best as
human beings when we embrace such pain, work through, and become better
for it.

Ben Compton
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