Accountability At Work
Accountability At The Workplace
We are often told that a successful business must ensure accountability at all stages of its operations. But what exactly does accountability means for a company, and how can one ensure accountability at the workplace? Does accountability serve any benefits? Read on to find the answers!
What is Accountability?
The business dictionary states the meaning of ‘accountability’ is; The obligation of an individual or organisation to account for its activities, accept responsibility for them, and to disclose the results in a transparent manner. It also includes the responsibility for money or other entrusted property.
The way is see it, it’s much simpler than that: It’s about delivering on a promise or honouring a commitment made to others or to ourselves and making sure it gets done. You see, there is a difference between Accountability and Responsibility, they’re cousins, but not the same.
Let me explain. You are responsible for things and you’re accountable to people.
It is essential that if we want to Get Stuff Done we will need a person with whom we can work, someone in a central role to hold you to account.
To find this person, they need to have a proven track record of being able to get things done themselves. ‘Have they walked the talk’
Accountability increases Activity, Activity increases Opportunity and Opportunity is where we make money.
Accountability is a set of concepts, principles, and practices that are focused on enabling us to bring more positivity to our thoughts and actions by becoming aware of our intentions and taking control of our reactions to the events that are happening around us. Through a mindset focused on accountability, we can become more in tune with the real and actual scenario that exists around us while not falling prey to assumptions. We consider responsibility for each of our actions and activities and understand that everything we do directly influence those around us.
A study* in the USA was undertaken and found out that the probability of completing a goal is:
- 10% – If you have an actual idea or goal.
- 25% – If you consciously decide you will do it.
- 40% – If you decide when you will do it.
- 50% – If you plan how you will do it.
- 65% – If you commit to someone you will do it.
- 95% – If you have a specific accountability appointment with a person you’ve committed to.
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone?
Accountability is a concept that gives rise to a complete system of principles that can guide our actions and thoughts. In simple terms, accountability is the act of holding ourselves and others responsible for the actions we perform. This means being answerable to the actions we take, the responsibilities we hold, and the thoughts and feelings that inspire our actions by understanding that all these things influence those around us.
Accountability At The Workplace
In the workplace, accountability means understanding that we are answerable and responsible for the tasks we have been assigned, and the outcomes we achieve from any task are directly related to the actions we performed at the workplace.
This means that in the workplace, we completely take liability and responsibility for the actions and operations we conduct while at our place of work with an understanding that everything we do contributes to the progress of the company and our career profoundly.
With this knowledge and understanding, we can judge our actions and thoughts against a moral framework and evaluate the outcomes and results of every action regarding the effects they have on others around us.
Benefits Of Accountability At The Workplace
When we conduct our day to day operations with an attitude built on the mission to inspire positivity and accountability in every task we perform, we not only reap benefits for ourselves but others around us and the company.
These benefits include:
A Sense of Accomplishment
When we contribute to the positive energy of our surroundings and the progress of your company, we feel an inherent sense of achievement and accomplishment of having completed a task that was well-executed and positively impacted our career and those around us.
A Feeling of Responsibility
When we hold ourselves accountable for our actions, we take responsibility for the proper execution and completion of a task and understand that whatever we do has a butterfly effect that influences the whole company. With this sense of regard for everyone around us, we can better plan our activities and actions to achieve the highest productivity and benefits.
Contribution to Positivity and Motivation
By aligning our actions and thoughts to a deep regard for the welfare of everyone around us, we can contribute to the creation of a positive atmosphere in the workplace that inspires a sense of belonging for everyone and help motivate others to follow the same path and enact greater accountability in their everyday lives.
Helps Achieve Significant Goals and Progress
By creating easily achievable short-term goals for ourselves and pulling through with a dedication and accountable approach, we can guarantee progress and build long-term achievements and reach milestones more efficiently.
Although it is not easy to implement accountability suddenly everywhere in our lives, it can nevertheless be learned and applied successfully to many aspects of our work and personal life. By building an understanding of accountability and its principles and practices, we can create a lifestyle that helps us achieve more significant gains and deliver better results at work while creating a welcoming and comfortable relationship with colleagues and friends.
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I’m Darren Finkelstein, The Accountability Guy™.
I’m a sought-after, highly experienced Accountability Coach, Business Advisor & Mentor. I work with high-performing entrepreneurial business owners and their teams. Also, I am a conference and event speaker on all matters of accountability and getting stuff done.
My past experience includes working at Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. Then, building a successful entrepreneurial business for 15-years in the marine and lifestyle industry until we successfully sold and exited. I’m the author of three bestselling and award-winning books and are a part-time summer presenter in Melbourne on radio 3AW.
Accountability is my specialty; it’s a tool that I’ve mastered for my business over many years. It held me in good stead at Apple, and it kept me ahead of the game in our business. The result is that I’m incredibly focussed, well organised and outcome-driven which has led to my business success.
Yet for others, accountability frequently makes people nervous, as it requires us to step up our game, be introspective and hold ourselves to account, which can be very uncomfortable initially until you harness the power and momentum it generates, with the realisation how powerful it is, and how effective you could become.
Did you know that the A-word ‘accountability’, is regularly misspelt and often misunderstood? Businesses don’t really understand the difference between responsibility and accountability? Both are cousins but not the same.
You see, you are responsible for things and accountable to people, hence the confusion.
To me, being accountable simply means ‘doing the things you say you are going to do’, and ‘getting your team to do the same’.
Work with me directly and I’ll keep you accountable and hold you to account for your commitments, promises and goals during my signature private ‘One-On-One’ Sessions (limited spaces available) or perhaps you and your team might like to join my ‘Group Mastermind Forums’, or register for my (D.I.Y) online program ‘Accountability Made Easy’.
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It’s my desire to hold everyone in the room to account, which makes me an engaging Speaker on the subject of ‘Accountability’ for your next event, conference or workshop; face-to-face or virtual. My goal is not only to motivate your audience but to inspire them to take action for themselves so they too can implement and execute.
I’ve got a full playbook of strategies that I’m privileged to share or maybe we can create a totally bespoke and customised package to suit your individual or team needs. For more information, visit my website.
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- Examine your priorities, and look at what needs to be done.
- Review your ‘To-Do List’ and discuss implementation & execution.
- Together, we will create a plan and set timelines.
You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever. If you do nothing, this is exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand. All this is procrastination and hope, which does not improve your situation automatically. In fact, doing nothing – makes it worse.
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After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your; goals, promises, obligations and commitments alone? Unlikely I suspect, without external assistance.
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Together we’ll examine exactly where you’re at, what’s worked and what hasn’t. We’ll take a look at your priorities to set the path moving forward.
Each Unboxing Session includes
- 60-90 min obligation-free Zoom call to discuss your goals, promises and commitments
- Examine your priorities
- Review your ‘To-Do List’ and we’ll dig-in to how you will implement
- Together, we will create a plan and set timelines
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