Accountability can be proactive and productive. Here’s a great example of how it is done.
One of the most infuriating conditions I see play out in workplaces is a low performer running rings around his or her boss.
Business owners and entrepreneurs this has tons of “gems” in it like… “The answer is either “Yes” or “No.” Any other answer means you’re focused on intentions instead of results.”
The most effective agreement is written. The written agreement specifies who will do what, and by when. As with a contract, everyone involved signs the written agreement and agrees to comply. Everybody gets a copy; everybody buys in, and that buy-in makes it far more likely that everyone will honor the agreement.
Presidio Graduate School wants to train sustainability-minded “mavericks” to take over the corporate world.
The person who leaves accountability education with a mindset of “I hope these people were listening because they really needed it” is the one who needs it most.
What do subprime mortgages and charter schools have in common? At their core, no accountability.
What’s a concerned citizen to do?
The simplest, quickest and most-effective way to defuse an angry confrontation over your mistake or shortcoming is to acknowledge what is true.
In one case, the owner solved his problem by clearing out the millennials in his company. For many clients I work with the solution is to learn to utilize differences in work style orientation with a focus on results. This approach has to start at the top. Is one generation’s approach better than another? Regardless, understanding accountability across all generations is key.
Accountability is the ultimate engagement.
There is one leadership quality that has no regard for the position, title, or level of authority you hold in an organization. That one leadership quality is personal accountability.
Use the power of your leverage every day. It’s yours for the taking. Fulcrums will show up endlessly. Have fun with it.