This edition's topic is a doosy. I mean, it's a topic that lots of people talk about but very few execute on well (if at all). Yes I'm talking about accountability.
Why do so many of us struggle with holding others accountable? Some of us may even find 'accountability' a bit of a dirty word, like "Oooh ... that sounds like unpleasant work" or ... "how do you do that without making people defensive?"
I'm sure it doesn't take a Harvard MBA Professor to convince you a team that embodies and embraces accountability is going to outperform one that doesn't - so if this is an area you struggle with (and many people do) then you are going to love this edition.
One piece of good news right off the bat is that accountability is not about being an asshole. It's not about getting in people's faces and taking them to task when they screw up. It's more about helping people work and live to a higher standard. It's helping others to perform at a level they otherwise wouldn't, if left to their own devices.
I believe there a many ways to bring accountability into your company or home (If you struggle at work it is likely you struggle at home too). Knowing your own style and that of your team is critical to making it work for you.
We've collected some of the best articles here to help you. And this month, rather than doing an interview (because honestly we could not find a poster child for this topic ... yes that is a bit sad), I've recorded a short audio that encompasses some strategies and the key principles you'll want to rely on when having those sometimes challenging conversations.
If you are the poster child for accountability, then I apologise for not reaching out to you. And I'd love to hear how you do it and your success stories.