21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Accountability.Depending on your experiences and philosophical perspective, that word can conjure a wide variety of feelings, many of which seem similar to that feeling you got in the pit of your stomach when your mom told you to go wait in your room for your dad to get home. However, most of us would likely agree that accountability, at least in some vague, general sense, is a necessary component of healthy teams and organizations.But here’s the thing. Accountability, rightly understood, is a shared thing between two or more people. It’s not a one-way street. In other words, it is two or more folks holding each other accountable to uphold shared values and/or performance expectations. That sort of accountability can have an amazing and positive impact on a team because it builds trust, promotes healthy conflict, and so on.Unfortunately, though, accountability is not always thought of in this way. This is an issue that plagues many organizations, often the higher you go on the org chart. Leadership positions, up to and certainly including the CEO, need to have real accountability in place. When leaders don’t have real accountability, they are able to essentially do whatever they’d like. And that can ugly in a hurry.Imagine a boss who has limited real accountability, and on top of that has a narcissistic personality, is emotionally abusive, and possesses a nearly non-existent moral compass. That boss will likely terrorize those who work for him or her, because what’s to stop him or her? It’s a recipe for disaster. continue reading »
Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanUSC is allowing former USC footballer Bryce Dixon to re-enroll in the university after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge put his expulsion on hold Wednesday, but he will not be put back on the football team. “While we will comply with the judge’s order staying the expulsion, Mr. Dixon will not be reinstated as a student-athlete,” a USC statement read.Dixon, a rising sophomore who was a tight end during the 2014 season, was expelled in May following two alleged cases of sexual misconduct in October with a female USC student who also worked as an athletic trainer.He was found to have violated USC’s “affirmative consent” policy for one of the incidents, according to Dixon’s filed petition.But Judge Robert H. O’Brien ruled against the expulsion in light of concerns regarding USC’s investigative and hearing processes and due process, according to the Los Angeles Times.USC issued a statement Wednesday defending their decision to expel Dixon.“The University stands by its student disciplinary processes that were conducted in compliance with state and federal regulations and its decisions in this case,” it stated. “We will carefully evaluate the judge’s written order once it is issued in order to determine our next steps.”The decision comes just as fall football training camp gets underway. The team starts the 2015 season against Arkansas State on Sept. 5, and Dixon told the Los Angeles Times that he hopes to rejoin the team.After practice Wednesday, Sarkisian would not specify if Dixon will be returning. The former tight end played in 12 games last semester with 14 catches and four touchdowns.Sarkisian said he wants what is best for his players and deferred to the administration.“As the University makes their decision, then we’ll make ours,” he said.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect Dixon’s re-enrollment.
Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions EL SEGUNDO — After rolling most of the league to begin this year’s campaign, the Lakers are hitting a holiday rut: They’ve lost two in a row for the first time all season, and for the next game, they might be missing LeBron James.The Lakers (24-5) announced Saturday that James did not practice and is doubtful for Sunday’s tilt against the Denver Nuggets (19-8). With back-to-back home games against the West’s No. 2 and No. 3 (the Clippers) teams respectively, it’s an inopportune moment to be without the engine to the league’s fifth-best offense.The team said James strained a muscle in his thoracic region, which is close to the rib cage, Tuesday night against the Indiana Pacers when he had a collision near the basket. Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James played through it in Indianapolis, then again Thursday for a drummed-up game against the Milwaukee Bucks. James averaged a triple-double in those losses, but shot just 41% from the floor.For the season, James has been again one of the league’s best players, averaging 25.8 points, 10.6 assists and 7.5 rebounds. Last year when he tore his groin and missed 18 games, it had a catastrophic effect on the Lakers’ season. These Lakers feel more equipped to handle it with veteran leadership and Anthony Davis, who is probable himself with right ankle soreness). But it’s still a bit of a gut-check for a team that hasn’t experienced this much adversity yet this season. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs “It’s the nature of the beast,” he said. “Some years you’re healthy, some years you have nagging injuries, and unfortunate that’s just me this year. It’s a lot more season left and that’s why it’s just important for me to feel like I’m healthy and confident to be out there, play at the best of my abilities.”During James’ injury last year – which he eerily suffered this time last season – the Lakers went 6-12 in games he missed. The new roster has more experience, which the Lakers hope can carry on the success they’ve had so far this season.“A little bit easier than last year,” Kuzma said. “Last year, we were a younger team, so a lot of times in the fourth quarter we folded a little bit. But we got a veteran team and we still got AD on this team. Those guys have been there, done that and been through plenty of wars.” Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers It’s not just the Lakers who have a lot riding on James’ health. The two most highly rated TV games this season have been opening night when the Lakers played the Clippers, then Lakers vs. Bucks on Thursday. As the NBA’s ratings have slumped this season, missing James for a Lakers-Clippers battle on Christmas could mean fewer fans will be tuning in for the rematch at Staples Center.The focus for the Lakers is who they do have, which aside from James, could be a more complete roster than they’ve had. After playing through ankle soreness Thursday and scoring 36 points against the Bucks, Davis is listed as probable even though Vogel said he’s still feeling some discomfort.Kuzma practiced for the first time since before the five-game road trip that he missed as he recovered from an ankle he injured nearly a month ago. He went through all of practice Saturday, but the deciding factor will be how his ankle responds to the workload. Kuzma has struggled with a summer foot injury, a poked eye and other mishaps this year while struggling to find his role in a remade Lakers team.Related Articles Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“If he doesn’t go tomorrow, it’s gonna be a group effort,” Vogel said. “It’s one of those things that no one person can pick up everything LeBron does for our team.”In the event that James can’t play Sunday, Vogel said he would release the starting lineup then. Rajon Rondo, who has not started this season, or Kyle Kuzma, who has missed five straight games and is probable for Sunday, is a potential candidate to step in.While Davis and James are on most MVP shortlists a third of the way through the season, certain statistics make the case James has been the more valuable player. The Lakers have outscored opponents by 235 points when he’s been on the floor this year, and only nine points when he’s off. His net rating is the highest (plus-10.7) of any Lakers starter, including Davis. His 10.6 assists per game, the highest average of his career, also leads the league.James is one of five Lakers to play in every game this season, and as recently as Sunday in Atlanta, he made the case that he wouldn’t want to miss games for rest (a practice known as “load management”).“I don’t know how many games I got left in my career,” he said. “I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game and they’re there to come see me play and if I sit out, then what? That’s my obligation. My obligation is to play, play for my teammates and if I’m healthy, then I’m going to play. If Coach sits me out, then I’m not healthy. And it’s just that simple.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
Colorado has dropped off significantly since 2018. The Rockies were 91-72 last year and finished second to the Dodgers in the National League West. But this year they are dead-last in the division with a 51-59 record. Making the postseason is an afterthought at this point.Black is hoping that throwing a new arm like Oberg’s into the mix can give the Rockies a spark late in games. A right-hander, Oberg, 29, is 5-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 45 appearances this season. “For the time being, Scott Oberg will look to pitch later in the game, potentially in the ninth inning,” Black said. “Wade is going to take a step back, and we will see where this goes for the short term.” Astros’ Zack Greinke excited to watch ‘good baseball’ in Houston Davis has a 6.82 ERA this season and an abysmal 11.29 ERA at Coors Field. The three-time All-Star is 1-5 and has 15 saves in 36 appearances. He recorded a National League-best 43 saves in 2018 but has struggled to replicate that success. Related News It appears Wade Davis will be getting a role change, at least according to Rockies manager Bud Black.Black announced before Friday’s game against the Giants that Davis is being removed from his closer spot, as he just hasn’t been cutting it down the stretch. David Dahl injury update: X-rays negative after Rockies outfielder carted off field, Bud Black says