Having a system of accountability in your business is the pathway to success.
If you can understand how you were able to achieve a result, then you can find a way to repeat it. How you account for those results, even if those results turn out to be not so positive, will provide you with information to make better decisions moving forward.
A system of accountability works well in a small business or in an entrepreneurial environment because it recognizes that each person is a major contributor or has the potential to be one.
To build an accountability culture and policy it is important to build a systematic method that defines expected time frames (i.e. daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annually) and clearly defined roles, responsibilities and expectations. Depending on the size of your company, having a conversation that usually starts with the question, “How do you account for that?” can work as an effective system of accountability, but in order to be effective, the conversation must clearly define goals, opportunities, obstacles and responsibilities.
By seeing accountability as more than a means of having to be responsible and productive and viewing accountability as a tool for success, you can actually keep morale high, motivate employees and ultimately can move the company as well as individuals toward high and performance and a very successful business!
Every 30 days (maybe even sooner) you really have to say,
“What is working in my company?” and capitalize on that.
If it’s working, make it work more.
What’s not working? Stop doing that.