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What do people mean when they say they are accountable?

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Depending on who you ask, accountability may have a wide variety of definitions. However, when it comes to business, its fundamental meaning remains the same – doing what you say you are going to do and getting your team to do the same.

Personal accountability stems from integrity and the ability to carry out self-introspection with utmost honesty and sincerity. It is all about holding yourself to the same standard as you would hold someone else, especially when you’re spending your resources on them. In colloquial terms, accountability is keeping your word.

Why Accountability Matters?

Enhanced Productivity

If you are successful in holding yourself and your team accountable to the commitments you have made. You are more likely to get things done on time. Without being accountable, you are also going to drop the ball. This will not be a good reflection on you and your team. Accountability pushes you to do more.

Keeping Your Promises

Individual and collective accountability also helps you become an honest person with robust integrity. It enables you to keep most of your promises and meet or exceed the commitments you have made. That develops your character and you are recognised as someone who is trustworthy – an individual people can rely on.

Build Loyalty

Being accountable isn’t just for the sake of hitting your business goals, it also has a far-reaching positive impact on how people around you feel about you and respond to you. If you build your reputation as someone who is known to keep his or her word, people are more likely to be loyal and rally behind you.

Saves Time

Usually, at work, a lot of time gets wasted due to procrastination and tons of distractions. But when you are committed to the promises you have made, you are more likely to keep your focus on what needs to be done. Accountability allows you to achieve more in less time turning you into an employee with an amazing work ethic.

Make More Money

There is no rocket science here. When you’re working hard, making most of your time and resources, and holding yourself and your team members accountable. You will increase your productivity which means better appraisals, increments and salary raises.

Exploring New Opportunities

When you are focused on completing the task within the promised time frame, you will automatically try to find out ways you can increase your work efficiency. This will help you in identifying better and more effective solutions. Also, this will contribute towards acquiring qualitative experience which is invaluable across all industries.

Find an Accountability Partner

While it’s easy to talk about accountability, it’s not that easy to implement. You’ve to battle against your developed habits and mend your ways in a fundamental manner. So you get to the point where you can hold yourself accountable. Moreover, during a normal workday, there is a range of distractions such as gossiping, longer breaks, and unnecessary and unproductive meetings. So, this usually goes unnoticed and eats up your time. This directly affects your productivity and ability to be accountable.

That’s why it’s a good idea to bring in an accountability partner, a person who can keep a regular check on you. This person will also encourage you to complete the required tasks within the committed time frame. As far as your team is concerned, assign the tasks in such a way that there’s an interconnected dependency. It means that “Person B” can’t proceed until “Person A” finishes the first part. This initiates a chain reaction as there’s inherent accountability built into this method.

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

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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.

 

By Darren Finkelstein

Author Bio:

Darren Finkelstein is The Accountability Guy®. This involves being an International Accountability Coach, Business Advisor, Mentor, Author, and Speaker.

Darren works with high-performing teams and individuals across Australia/NZ, UK, USA, Europe and Asia to help get results, achieve their wildest dreams, and smash goals. He does this by leveraging over 30 years of experience working in the corporate world and small businesses.

A successful business owner himself, Darren won the Australian Entrepreneur of the Year award for Dent Global after building a wonderful lifestyle business, successfully sold and exited after 15 years.

Before this, Darren worked for over 10 years at Apple Inc. as ‘Manager of Commercial Markets’ during the inspirational Steve Jobs era. While there, he was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple Award.

Darren’s lessons in accountability can help individuals and teams at all levels of a business or organisation across the globe, and are based on actions and results:

  • Get clarity - know what to do first
  • Get started - know what to do next
  • Get Sh!t Done - know what to do more of

How can The Accountability Guy® help you?

Whenever you and/or your team are ready, here are four ways to become more accountable...


    1. Take "The Accountability Scorecard"

    How accountable are you? Discover your accountability score and increase the probability of smashing your goals and Getting Sh!t Done!. Take the quiz

    2. Read my new book
    "The Accountability Advantage - Play Your Best Game"

    Eliminate procrastination and overwhelm, and start playing your best game. Buy a copy

    3. Study my online course "Accountability Made Easy"

    For high-performing goal-kickers who want to achieve even more success in work and in life. Enrol now and become accountable in a matter of hours. Enrol now

    4. Book a complimentary 1-on-1 coaching "Unboxing Session"

    Start delivering on your promises and get your team to do the same. Book here.

For more information on all my coaching programs, click here.


Are you a high-performing entrepreneur who wants to achieve more?

Mastering accountability is your superpower!

Categories