Getting Results through Individual and Joint Accountability
Introducing Accountability Training to your organization helps create accountable individuals and teams enabling your organization to become bigger than any one individual. Without accountable individuals, victimization shall persist, applying a stranglehold on the business. Only by making a personal choice of taking ownership of your circumstances and rising above one’s circumstances, can we avoid the deceptive trap of victimization, leading towards your path of accountability.
The conventional definition of accountability references a negative connotation as follows:
- Something that happens to you when things go wrong
- Obliged to give reckoning based upon previous actions
- What management does to you – to get you to perform
- Reporting on actions and not results
- Another word for punishing people for poor performance
Our new definition of accountability as described by Connors, Smith, and Hickman in “The Oz Principle” is as follows:
- The making of a personal choice,
- To rise above your circumstances,
- And taking the ownership necessary,
- To accomplish predetermined key focused results.
With this new definition of accountability, it is no longer something that happens to you (being punished) when things go wrong, but instead it becomes a personal choice with positive connotations. When commitments have been kept in the eyes of others, it shall lead towards stronger relationships fostering trust in the workplace. Your ownership in achieving “key focused results” creates social contracts and “Buy In” from others.
So why is accountability training so important in the workplace? It becomes the key to obtaining things that you desire for yourself, your team, and your organization. It becomes your launching pad for building something bigger than yourself.
Victimization as we described is the biggest obstacle confronting accountability and shall stranglehold any business. Reject victimization and you shall improve individual and organizations results.
Nelson Mandela (Nobel Peace Laureate, Political Prisoner, Former State President, World Visionary and Artist) is a great example of how rejection of victimization can impact an outcome.
In 1948, Apartheid was formalized by the minority National Party in South Africa and lasted until 1990. In the 1950’s, many who criticized Apartheid were imprisoned, including Nelson Mandela. Apartheid was officially declared null and void after the South African election of 1994 which put Nelson Mandela in power.
While in prison, Nelson Mandela was tutored by artist Varenka Paschke (granddaughter of P.W. Botha who ironically was responsible for Mandela’s ongoing imprisonment) which led to his first works of art “My Robben Island Series I” reflecting his many years as a political prisoner at Robben Island.
- “That window, you know was actually a window to the world, because I could see quite a lot. I could see my mental horizons expand.”
- “I have attempted to colour the island sketches in ways that reflect the positive light in which I view it.”
- “I would like to project the idea that even the most fantastic dreams can be achieved if we are prepared to endure life’s challenges.”
Mandela rejected victimization and became accountable to himself, his fellow man, and his country.
Our goal is to provide you with tools for creating accountable people by; teaching you how to recognize and reject the victimization cycle; achieving more desirable outcomes; and ultimately building something bigger than yourself.
In my next blog post, we shall learn about “Key Focused Results”, their attributes, and their role in preventing confusion and “Below the Line Behavior”, leading to an organization of accountability with meaningful outcomes.