A culture of accountability makes a good organization great and a great organization unstoppable.- Henry Evans
In this blog post, I want to share with you Chapter 1 of this amazing book- Winning with Accountability.
In Evans book, Winning with Accountability, he shares how winning begins with accountability. However, accountability has a very nasty perception and reputation. Accountability is often punitive and comes up when something goes wrong or someone does something wrong. It is often a pointing of the fingers and a blame game.
You cannot sustain success without accountability. Period. It is a vital part of winning and success.
Look at the definition of accountability as defined by Webster’s Dictionary-
“the quality or state of being accountable; an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions.”
This does not sound punitive, right? It is a positive statement- obligation…willingness…responsibility…
Evans says it is necessary for us to reframe accountability into a more positive mindset. It is important that we view accountability as the secret sauce within our schools that can create or prevent us from reaching success. It shouldn’t bring about fear, stress, or even those “punitive measures.”
Accountability is not necessarily about holding everyone else accountable. It is about each and every person holding themselves accountable for the results. It is also about having a willingness to be held accountable by others.
So how do we change the perception of accountability to being more of a positive tone?
- increase performance
- allocate resources
- increase employee job satisfaction
- improve results
Stay tuned for the next chapter!