Mid Year Review – Are People Held Accountable?
Today marks the last day of the first half of the calendar year – and for many of you it is the end of fiscal year for your organization. Good, now for the real test – Are Your People Held Accountable for Their Results?
This apparently is a touchy subject for many people in the corporate world and a misunderstood subject for most entrepreneurs. Why is this so?
First, research has shown a total disconnect between the term accountability and results with large corporate run organizations. Seems the major point of concern for corporate managers is being safe and having job security rather than being accountable for actual or real results. (I know that was a bold statement, yet, I have experienced this disconnect on multiple occasions – even having to change a theme of Key Accountability Identifiers for a group of senior level executives who complained about the use of Accountability in the process, which they did not understand. And, you would know the organization I’m referring to – large international firm.)
Second, accountability is all about getting results and outcomes you agreed to obtain. Simple definition and meaning – you commit to a goal or objective and you do it. There is little complexity here.
Third, Personal Accountability is a key trait found in High Performers and Great Leaders. Again, they accomplish what they sign on to do. No questions or excuses. If the environment changes, they look for others ways to accomplish their mission.
Fourth, Accountability for Others is another key trait for high performing managers. Usually these are the same managers who possess high Personal Accountability traits and when they have equally high marks on accountability for others – well, they hold their people responsible for the results and outcomes they committed to achieve. Again, no excuses just high expectations for results and outcomes.
Finally, the accountability factor is important at this juncture of the year – no matter if it is year end or the mid point of the year. It is time to review the accomplishment and achievement of stated goals and objectives using clear measurable data. This is not the time for subjective evaluation – it is time for objective evaluation combined with objective dialogue.
Organizations are created to generate results and outcomes in their specific areas of expertise and market know-how. Using accountability as a measurement tool improves the performance standards for both the organizations and the people in the organizations.
When people achieve – their success mechanism kicks in and they work hard to repeat their success. If they are allowed “to get by with no negative consequences or guidance,” then you have opened the door to a low performing corporate culture. It is important to remember, when people achieve results it raises their self esteem and the result is a better person shows up in your office or plant.
If you need assistance on this concept of accountability please contact me at InnerActive Consulting Group. Our phone number is 901-757-4434 and our hours of operation are 9 to 5 Central Time Zone in the US. Or email me at Voss at InnerActiveConsulting dot com – (sorry about the lack of a real link – I’m really tired of spammers who use robots to get an email address from websites. However, as a human, you can figure this email address out and get to me fast. Thanks for your understanding.)