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What Does it Mean to be Held Accountable?

What Does it Mean to be Held Accountable?

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Accountability can be learned if you are willing enough

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Accountability means being answerable for your actions and decisions. If you were made responsible for something or you yourself promised to achieve certain outcomes, you can be held accountable for them. Accountability isn’t necessarily a disciplinary measure but a virtue that ensures operational efficiency by keeping things on track. To my mind accountability simply means; doing the things you said you were going to do, and getting your team to do the same.

The unique fact about accountability is that nobody, neither your superiors nor your subordinates, can force you to be accountable. It’s something that comes from within, unless you seek an accountability partner (buddy). Someone you can meet with on a regular who will review what’s been completed, set timelines on what needs to be done and can provide support, counsel and advice along the way including calling you out when it’s needed. I’ll talk more about your partner (buddy) later on in this post.

That being said, if you want to be a successful professional in your industry, you can always learn it by holding yourself accountable through different methods.

Many employees, leaders and even managers have asked me how they can make themselves more accountable. Here’s the advice that I give them:

Seek Feedback from Your Superior

If you’re working as a subordinate and there’s a boss you report to, you can always reach out to them and ask for detail-oriented feedback regarding your work. It won’t only help you understand your weaknesses and strengths but will turn you into a conscious and mindful professional.

By actively searching for feedback, you actually gain experience in a quick time. There are things you can simply learn by asking which might’ve taken months or even years to figure out by yourself.

Seek Feedback from Your Peers

Everyone isn’t good at everything. Everyone isn’t bad at everything. Each individual has something they’re great at and then something they’re not so great at. Searching for feedback from your own peers means you can improve in areas where you’re not as good as them. Moreover, you can also learn about your personality traits and work on yourself to become a better professional.

Getting Suggestions from Your Subordinates

Even if you are working as a team leader or a manager, you always have some room for improvement. You can seek suggestions and feedback from your subordinates and find out what they think. Ensure that they know they won’t be penalised for providing their candid opinions. Many times employees say everything is right because they’re wary of consequences.

Put All the Feedback into Practice

Whatever you have learned from different sources won’t have any value unless you start to incorporate the feedback into your work. Effective and timely implementation will see a marked improvement in your work and put you in a position to become a better and more efficient performer.

Judge Your Work Honestly

Once you’ve implemented the feedback, evaluate your own work like you would evaluate someone else’s. Don’t beat yourself up for minor mistakes but don’t be too lenient either. Identify the mistakes you have made and ensure they are corrected. Note that you won’t be able to implement all the feedback right away and might repeat certain mistakes. But that’s just the part of your learning process.

Create a Plan & Prioritise Your Tasks

You can’t hold yourself accountable unless you know what you are supposed to do and by when you are supposed to do it. That’s why it’s imperative that you create a comprehensive plan and break it down into smaller objectives along with deadlines. This way you’ll be in a better position to keep a check on your own performance.

Moreover, prioritise your objectives according to their urgency and importance. Sometimes, you can end up wasting hours on something that wasn’t that important, to begin with. Accountability also means accountability of how you spend your time. Prioritisation of tasks will help you achieve that.

Find an Accountability Partner (Buddy)

One of the best ways to hold yourself accountable is by finding an accountability partner. Another responsible person who is willing to keep you honest and straight. Someone who can keep checking in from time to time and ensure you’re on the right track. The sense of being answerable to someone will ensure you accomplish your objectives within the given deadlines.

Final Word

Accountability is critical to your success and most of us aren’t born with this virtue. But the great news is that accountability can be learned in a wide variety of ways. From seeking feedback on your work through different sources to creating a prioritised plan to finding an accountability partner, you have various ways to keep yourself honest and ensure you deliver on your promises.

A study* in the US 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? Which raises the all-important question, are you willing to do it?

Darren Finkelstein

Author – Who is this bloke?


Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy® is an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor & Author/Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing individuals and teams to get results, achieve their wildest dreams and smash their goals by leveraging over 30-years of experience both in the corporate world and in small business.

Darren is a successful entrepreneur, winning the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global. He built a wonderful lifestyle business which he successfully sold and exited after 15-years.

Before all of this, Darren worked for Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’, during the inspirational Steve Jobs era and was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award during his time there.

Darren offers accountability at all levels, there are no excuses just action and results. 

  • Read his newest book: The Accountability Advantage – Play your best game
  • Complete Darren’s D.I.Y online program called: Accountability Made Easy
  • Engage Darren privately, through his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute your plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions can be conducted via Zoom or face-to-face (subject to his travel policy) and COVID.
  • For groups of 3-7 px, Darren offers Group Accountability Forums for your team(s), networking group, alumni or project team. This is a shared learning environment and the strength of group accountability is very powerful indeed.
  • Darren is a great Speaker to hire him for your next event, workshop or conference. Face-to-face or virtually, he's truly engaging.

What Do You Need Help With?

  • Are you working hard but still not achieving your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need some direction on how to get your business to the next stage?
  • Perhaps, you are high-performing and successful and want to juggle more balls in the air at once?

Accountability is the superpower that you must harness.

You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever by taking action. If you do nothing, it’s exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand and hoping it goes away. HOPE will not fix the situation, in fact, doing nothing just makes it worse, but you knew that...

You must take action now, otherwise, tomorrow’s result will be exactly the same as today’s. Implementation and execution are key and I’ll ensure you follow the plan and you meet your deadlines. After all, that is what true accountability is all about. Together, we can achieve your goals; you’ll meet your commitments and promises that you’ve made to others and most importantly, to yourself. You can’t do it alone.

Maintaining your current status quo, only means that you’ll miss important opportunities to make money. You’ll let people down, especially those that are important people to you, and that just pisses people off.

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Question
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your GOALS, promises, obligations and commitments alone?
Unlikely I suspect.... without assistance.

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

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
  • 45-60 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

Click here to book your free session.

 

Book your FREE Unboxing Session with
Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy®

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
  • 45-60 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

Click here to book your free session.

 

Darren Finkelstein

Author – Who is this bloke?

Darren Finkelstein – The Accountability Guy® is an Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor & Author/Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing individuals and teams to get results, achieve their wildest dreams and smash their goals by leveraging over 30-years of experience both in the corporate world and in small business.

Darren is a successful entrepreneur, winning the Australian Entrepreneur of the year award for Dent Global. He built a wonderful lifestyle business which he successfully sold and exited after 15-years.

Before all of this, Darren worked for Apple for 10-years as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’, during the inspirational Steve Jobs era and was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award during his time there.

Darren offers accountability at all levels, there are no excuses just action and results. 

  • Read his newest book: The Accountability Advantage – Play your best game
  • Complete Darren’s D.I.Y online program called: Accountability Made Easy
  • Engage Darren privately, through his popular One-On-One Sessions where he works with you and/or your team to implement and execute your plans to hit your goals. These private client sessions can be conducted via Zoom or face-to-face (subject to his travel policy) and COVID.
  • For groups of 3-7 px, Darren offers Group Accountability Forums for your team(s), networking group, alumni or project team. This is a shared learning environment and the strength of group accountability is very powerful indeed.
  • Darren is a great Speaker to hire him for your next event, workshop or conference. Face-to-face or virtually, he's truly engaging.

What Do You Need Help With?

  • Are you working hard but still not achieving your goals?
  • Are you feeling so overwhelmed, it’s overwhelming?
  • Do you need some direction on how to get your business to the next stage?
  • Perhaps, you are high-performing and successful and want to juggle more balls in the air at once?

Accountability is the superpower that you must harness.

You have so much to gain and nothing to lose! There is NO downside for you whatsoever by taking action. If you do nothing, it’s exactly the same as sticking your head in the sand and hoping it goes away. HOPE will not fix the situation, in fact, doing nothing just makes it worse, but you knew that...

You must take action now, otherwise, tomorrow’s result will be exactly the same as today’s. Implementation and execution are key and I’ll ensure you follow the plan and you meet your deadlines. After all, that is what true accountability is all about. Together, we can achieve your goals; you’ll meet your commitments and promises that you’ve made to others and most importantly, to yourself. You can’t do it alone.

Maintaining your current status quo, only means that you’ll miss important opportunities to make money. You’ll let people down, especially those that are important people to you, and that just pisses people off.

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Question
After reading this, how likely are you to achieve your GOALS, promises, obligations and commitments alone?
Unlikely I suspect.... without assistance.

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