Accountability is the foundation that defines how we commit to activities, track our performance, behave in a team, relate when mishaps occur, and the level of responsibility we take for getting things done. Unfortunately, in most organizations people worry about accountability only when things go wrong. But that doesn’t have to be the case. By taking a positive view, explicit accountabilities aimed at results serve as a constructive vehicle for everyone to embrace. With explicit accountabilities in place, the organization flourishes.
THE ADVANTAGES OF EXPLICIT ACCOUNTABILITIES
Explicit accountabilities are the set of practices and systems embedded in an organization for achieving individual and group performance. They become the basis for every working relationship in the organization and produce five advantages: productivity, performance, alignment, feedback, and development.
Without explicit accountabilities, any effort at organizational performance improvement fails. The result is usually victimization: denying responsibility, blaming others, demotivation, and confusion. The price paid becomes inaction, failed initiatives, missed targets, and poor morale.
Conversely, with explicit accountabilities in place, the organization flourishes. By adopting a positive outlook on accountabilities, attitudes shift to a sense of ownership, a solution orientation, high energy, team spirit, mutual reinforcement, and a powerful forward drive.
To learn more about strategy execution and the role of organizational effectiveness, view our publication: “Organizational Alignment: Deploying for Strategy.”
For a confidential discussion about the organizational effectiveness of your company, contact us directly.
Hrebiniak, Lawrence, and William Joice. “Implementing Strategy.” MacMillan Publishing Company, 1984 https://www.ozprinciple.com/self/steps-to-accountability/