"It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently." Warren Buffet
What if we took account of the consequences BEFORE we chose to do something? What if we took back control of our lives?
What we need to do make personal accountability a positive part of our business and personal lives. Every decision needs to be made with the thought of how it will impact on others and our environment.
People lack accountability when they feel that control has been wrested from them. Men, women and children need the freedom to be in control of what, when and how they do something. Would this lead to anarchy?
The answer is no. As you put each of the following 10 steps into practice see how your life and those of the people around you change for the better.
1. Define expected results
Goals need to be clear and given a specific time frame. Check in every couple of days to make sure the people involved are making the necessary decisions and feel excited about achieving those results.
2. Establish consensus
Defining results cannot be done alone. Set up a meeting where people feel confident enough to state their reservations and can establish consensus on what they want to achieve. Imposing unrealistic targets will only result in people absolving themselves from accountability. They need to know that together they have set a target that they want to reach.
When people can state their views honestly they will be more invested in what is happening and rise to achieve their goals, whether it is planning a family vacation or setting up a global business. When people take ownership they become more accountable.
Work on building trust between the people you work with and your family. Everyone on the team needs to know that there will be transparency. That way you know what actions are being taken and if at any stage a person has problems they will trust the leader sufficiently to be able discuss those issues.
5. Problem Solving
For people to be accountable they need help in solving problems. Discussing ‘what if’ scenarios and the appropriate actions provide specified frameworks to follow. Start this early with children – helping them develop accountability by developing problem solving skills.
6. Technical Expertise
Training and skills development courses on the latest technology give people the backup needed to action tasks responsibly. Make it a fun time and be prepared to learn together.
Honest and open communication with the freedom to discuss misgivings and shortcomings enables structures to be set up so people are confident about accountability. This holds true for both family and business life.
8. Ability to Adapt
An adaptable person can function in whichever environment they are placed and can access new ideas and initiatives to ensure every action is a responsible one. Adaptive skills can be developed through training.
9. Relinquish control
People who micromanage reduce the accountability of their staff and families. When people take ownership accountability rises.
Establish a clear vision for your company and family. In a company, depending on size this may involve all staff members or a significant portion. Once the vision is established personnel are able to act with accountability in ensuring successful outcomes.
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