How to Overcome Avoidance of Accountability

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When teams don’t commit, you can’t have accountability: “people aren’t going to hold each other accountable if they haven’t clearly bought into the plan”. In a well-functioning team, it’s the responsibility of each team member to hold one another accountable and accept it when others hold them accountable. Very often, the key to success is the measurement of progress: making clear what the team’s standards are, what needs to be done, by whom and by when.

A team that avoids accountability will:

•   Create resentment among team members who have different standards of performance

•   Encourage mediocrity

•   Miss deadlines and key deliverables

•   Place an undue burden on the team leader as the sole source of discipline


A team that accepts accountability will:

•   Call out one another’s deficiencies or unproductive behaviour

•   Identify potential problems quickly

•   Challenge one another about their plans and approaches

•   Establish high respect among team members who all hold to the same high standard


Suggested strategies to help overcome avoidance of accountability:

•’   Calling’ people on behaviour traits that demonstrate avoidance of accountability

•   Open publication of goals, standards and metrics

•   Regular progress reviews

•   Bonus for team not individual

•   Leader ‘leads’ in behaviour


Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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5 Ways To Become More Productive

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1.) Stop Multitasking: Everyone tries to do everything at once and not only is it less productive, the quality of the work you do suffers as well. It is a lot more efficient to focus on one task at a time based on priority, and forget about all the tasks except the one you are working on.

2.) Block Out Task Time: This one ties in with my first point.  In the morning block out time in your calendar for specific tasks and give yourself realistic time limits, you can even set a reminder so you know as soon as that time hits that you have to get started only on that specific task.

3.) Be able to work effectively from anywhere: It is really important to have the liberty to work from anywhere, in order to do this you can implement the use of a socially enabled collaboration tool. This will allow you to have your projects and tasks all organized in one place, with every relevant file within each project, so you don’t have to waste time looking for files that are related. Also you will be able to stay on track on any device/laptop where there is internet access and collaborate with co workers on the fly.

4.) Leverage Usable Free Time: There is always time in your day that can be used effectively, for example: if you are in traffic for an hour try to plan any phone meetings in that time to maximize productivity. Also if your at an airport waiting for a flight, take time to check your work portal to see what tasks you can finish and to collaborate with your team.

5.) Re-Charge: As productive as you want to be, we are not all super human so it is actually more beneficial to take 30 min to 1 hour for lunch without thinking about work, just socialize, relax, eat and then go back to work with a clear state of mind. This will boost your performance and your ability to focus allowing for better productivity.

Written by Jonathan Mansilla

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