LEARN | TWELVE, OCTOBER 2019
- the fact or condition of being accountable; responsibility.
To be responsible means to be answerable for something within one's power or control. Notice the two aspects of this definition – the ability to control plus being able to answer for something. To be accountable means to be subject to giving an account or having the obligation to report, explain or justify something.
Many of our most successful clients are looking for help with accountability. They come to us asking specifically to help keep them accountable so they stay on track. Below are a few of our favorite tips and tricks you can learn to keep yourself and others accountable.
The biggest problem I see is action and implementation. Most people feel that they do not have the time for implementation or may feel frustrated when deadlines are missed by others. The best place to learn where a breakdown might be is where deadlines are broken and when people blame each other instead of taking responsibility.
Here are some tips:
1. Set a common language around accountability, expectations and responsibility so that everyone knows how to hold each other accountable. With everyone talking the same language and staying on the same page, you now have an ongoing and systemized culture of responsible people speaking the same language.
2. Everyone participates in learning lessons/training/meetings. Keep the lessons short and meaningful.
3. Implement action items in the meeting or immediately after the lessons/training/meetings to produce results that can be used and reviewed at any time.
4. Have an accountability partner (we can help with this!). It could be a co-worker, family or friend. Taking on an accountability partner will help ensure you get your work/tasks completed on time. Emily uses a weekly mastermind group to state priorities for the week and then checks in on Friday to share whether or not they were complete.
5. Set an example. Be the person that others look up to. When you make yourself accountable, you set an example for others. This helps set the environment of accountability. If people are creating bottlenecks, try our free Bottleneck Diagnostic to get to the heart of what is going on.
6. Check in often and give rewards when tasks are completed. Getting recognized for a job well done is HUGE for most people.
Make accountability a habit!
Contributed by our Team Member, Ilene