November 3, 1998


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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls
down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help
him up! Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.—King Solomon

There is strength in numbers. A piece of paper is easily torn in two, but it takes a pretty strong person to tear through all of the Atlanta phone book! Together we can resist tempting situations easier, we can avoid poor decisions more easily, and we can maximize our potential when we live and work in the confines of a team atmosphere.

Ethics are maximized in the same manner. If we try to make ethical choices alone, we will rationalize and compromise our way into poor choices. To live out the Golden Rule, we need others to help. Consider forming an accountability group that gathers to encourage ethical behavior.

Without wise leadership, a nation falls; with many counselors, there is safety. – Proverbs 11:14

While a part of an accountability group, take these steps:

1. Admit you are weak and prone to fail if you try to life the Golden Rule alone.
● Are you willing to tell others that you struggle?

● How willing are you to share with others the deep things that linger in your thought life?

[Lay out in scale format] Very closed and need no help from others — Totally an open book to everyone

2. Gather others around you to help you succeed.

a. Who is in your Golden Safety Net?

b. Who do you provide the Golden Safety net for?

3. Meet regularly to discuss your goals and struggles.

● How often do you need others to ask you the tough questions? Once a month? Once a week? Daily? There’s no right or wrong answer—just what works for you.

4. Ask your accountability partner/team to hold you accountable for three to five areas of ethical behavior.

● Identify the five questions that if asked regularly and answered honestly could keep you in the middle of the ethical road.

● What are the areas you want to change in living out the Golden Rule?

5. Commit to keeping the accountability issues confidential within your group.

● How can you make accountability safe?

I don’t want any yesmen around me. I want everyone to tell me the truth—even though it costs him his job. –Samuel Goldwyn

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