Accountability, How to Grow & Succeed

The Impact of Accountability

Do you play above the line?

By that I mean, are you totally accountable for the state of your business? The lure of freedom can be a double-edged sword in that many business owners feel they no longer have to be accountable because they’re the boss.

But it’s important to remember, if an employee makes a mistake it can be covered up, but if you make a mistake, as the owner, it can affect your livelihood and your company itself.

As a business owner, do you have a boss? Of course you do. Your boss is the marketplace and for that reason, your accountability is more critical than anyone in your organization.

So do you play above the line? Do you accept responsibility for the actions of the entire team? Do you blame others for your company’s problems?

Only you can change what is going on in your business. Blaming your team members, the government, your mother-in-law or even the economy doesn’t do you any good.

Remember, when you point a finger at someone else, there are three pointing back at you. Accountability is what keeps people on track and moving toward their goals and is the key to growing your business.

If you want to create amazing results in your business you’ve got to take responsibility and be held accountable. The freedom of business ownership only happens on the backend.

To get there, you must put in the hard work on the front end, and that means being accountable and always playing above the line. (The preceding was posted by Brad Sugars, founder of ActionCOACH on his blog.)


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