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“There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”

J.K. Rowling

While its origins are vague, there is a model for reminding us of whether we are taking ownership of our actions or excusing ourselves from any responsibility.

Known to most as ‘Above or Below the Line Behaviour’, the O.A.R.B.E.D. Model acts as a reminder that we are responsible for our own thoughts and actions, and that denying this can identify us as unattractive or undesirable to potential business or personal associates.

The OARBED Model describes behaviours by splitting them into two parts:

Above the line = OAR. This acronym represents Ownership, Accountability, and Responsibility.

Below the Line = BED representing Blame, Excuses, and Denial.

The perception that your colleagues, team members, family, and friends have of you will depend upon how you behave and act.

Put simply, are you acting and behaving above or below the line.

1 Comment
  1. Sean Taylor 10 months ago

    Great article Greig!

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