Chapter two

Responsibility

The Competence (Figure 2.1):

A sustainably competent professional takes responsibility for his or her own work.

“I take full responsibility.” You can read this in the newspaper or hear it on TV. Usually, it means: “I quit my job.” You may be watching a politician or a football coach who is resigning.

People who say such a thing have a very limited view of responsibility. To express it even more strongly, it is actually a euphemism for transferring the responsibility to someone else.

In reality, responsibility, of course, is something totally different. Let’s say you have the ...

Get The Seven Competences of the Sustainable Professional now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.