One of the things that drives people to do the right thing is a sense of accountability. Now that might be accountability to a friend, family member, to God, a spouse, a mentor or even themselves. Accountability is what gets people up in the morning to do things like go to school, go to work, do household chores or start a business. Accountability is a good thing.
As a business leader, accountability is something that you can leverage to achieve the goals that you have set for the business. By leveraging those you will be accountable to, you will increase the likelihood of getting things done.
Running your business often means you don’t have time to skim through thousands of articles around the web. That’s understandable. As a business leader, however, information is invaluable so that you can make good decisions and drive your company to be all that it can be. We’ve captured some of these articles for your viewing pleasure. Please credit the authors independently.
When choosing people to be accountable to, you must have some level of trust, where they know that they have the authority to push you to keep going with that goal. At the same time, while you, as a business leader, may need to lean on them without allowing them to be a crutch.
A partner of mine, Andy Greider, will say over and over, “Don’t have bad partners…they’ll pull you down every time.” This holds true for those you are counting on to hold YOU accountable. People that are quick to go along with whatever you suggest might make you feel good, but probably aren’t the best for you in your business in terms of driving to reach your BHAGS (Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals)
Reaching BHAGS takes a great deal of energy, effort, commitment and drive. As my friend Dr. Ike says, “We cannot become what we need to be if we remain who we are.”
Be extraordinary. Have someone to hold you accountable.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses. We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services. As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions. If you are seeking a business assessment, or have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].
Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.