Archive for August 30, 2018

Accountability and Collaboration

Effective Leaders who are accountable for the successes within a Company recognize the impact of collaboration. As Steven Covey identified in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, there is strength in working together and collaboration. As Covey has said: “alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” and “none of us is as smart as all of us.”

Leading a Team can be rewarding and daunting. Encouraging collaboration reaps exceptionally more benefits than attempting to accomplish results alone. As a Leader, recognizing that accountability includes engaging and encouraging Teams to work together positions both the Leader and the Company for positive outcomes.

As you take accountability for the successes within your Company, ensure you are considering the role as a Leader to establish accountability habits, as discussed in our most recent newsletter.

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Accountability & Managing Expectations

As we continue our discussions on how accountability is a characteristic of the building blocks for operational effectiveness, we encourage you to ensure you have defined and manageable expectations. To do this, consider the following:

  • Set clear and concise deliverables in order to have clarity on expectations
  • Obtain buy-in and consensus from those participating and those impacted by the deliverables
  • Have a defined plan, including the timeline, an understanding of the risks, and an identification of the dependencies of what it will take to deliver
  • Avoid surprises as much as possible
  • Communicate, communicate, communicate
  • With any deliverables, managing expectations are best realized with a clear path on how and what needs to be done to accomplish the goal.

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Accountability & Taking Responsibility

In our most recent newsletter, we discussed some habits that encourage accountability within an organization. One of those habits is to take responsibility for leading. Here are some notable quotes on this:

  • “A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom,” by Bob Dylan
  • Responsibility is something that should drive all aspects of our lives as Chuck Palahniuk said so well: “Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, homeā€¦ it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”
  • “The price of greatness is responsibility,” Winston Churchill
  • Abraham Lincoln encouraged us to take responsibility right away when he said: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.”

What value is there in taking responsibility for improving your organization? It can create accountability and build operational effectiveness.

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