Every guru, philosopher, and management leader out there says the first step to Leadership is taking Responsibility.  But none of them tell you how!  We will explore the research-driven approach that provides clear steps on how to take Responsibility in any situation – work, home, or life.

This Workshop is targeted to all team members who wish to explore and expand their Leadership capabilities.  While initially believed to be targeted at managers and those in “leading” roles or positions, it will become clear that anyone can exhibit leadership, regardless of their role, by demonstrating responsibility in their own actions.


Outline/Structure of the Workshop

I’ll start with a game to introduce a challenge where I’ll be looking for coping mechanisms expressed during the challenge.  I’ll comment on those mechanisms, just to raise the level of awareness in the group, then go on to explain the process model and end with some case studies to allow the group to put it into practice.

Short introduction, then introduce the challenge and explain the rules.  Audience self-organizes into teams/groups, and then works through the challenge according to the instructions.  25 – 30 mins.

Brief review of their accomplishments and bringing awareness to the coping mechanisms expressed during the challenge.  5 mins

Introduction and explanation of The Responsibility Process, 3 Keys, and Power/Control cycle.  10 - 15 mins

Review case studies, and apply learning to the case studies. 10 - 15 mins.

Wrapup/close workshop. 3 mins.

Total: 55 – 70 mins.


I have used the Marshmallow Challenge as the game in the past. Understanding that the Marshmallow Challenge has become somewhat ubiquitous in the community, I have devised an alternate game, described below.  This provides people a chance to re-explore innovation against a new challenge, while still driving home the key points of prototype/revise, as well as expose coping mechanisms when things go wrong.   I am comfortable using either game.

Materials: 10 pipe cleaners, 20 toothpicks, a yard of tape, a yard of string, a 4x4 patch of gauze, and a marble

Challenge:  build the tallest structure possible that can support the weight of the marble

Time: 25 mins

Halfway through, go around and give each team an extra marble. Instructions have changed: build the tallest structure possible that can support the most weight. Wording is key.

At the end, walk around, measure first, then add marbles (or add a large, heavy marble) until structure breaks.  Winner is largest of height x weight.



Learning Outcome

    • responsibility and accountability are two different things.
    • the best way to “make someone else take responsibility” is to exhibit it in yourself first (re: the title).
    • an approach and common vocabulary on how to take responsibility.
    • three key pillars to assist them in the transformation to personal responsibility and leadership.

Target Audience


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