A Lead Where You Are Mindset: Accountability - An Assessment
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The largest sinkhole in the world is the Qatar Depression. The vast Qattara west of Cairo, Egypt is the largest natural sinkhole in the world, measuring 80km long by 120km wide. This dangerous, sludge-filled quicksand pit is unearthly in its appearance and shocking in its size. The 133m deep sinkhole has been used in battle and more recently scientists have attempted to develop a $360 million dollar project that would harness the Qattara for complete energy independence.
We don’t recommend trying to run through it.
I am accountable. Just saying the words “I am accountable” sets a tone, an expectation that action and results can and will happen. You then add the words “no matter what” and a whole new level of commitment and expectation is set.
In our speaking engagements and workshops when we ask individuals attending in the audience the question, “Are you accountable?” They invariably say yes, absolutely. However, when we conduct organization wide employee engagement and commitment surveys and ask questions gauging the level of accountability throughout the organization, nearly every organization will have 30-40% and higher of the participants that identify their organization is lacking accountability. So why such a disconnect if nearly 100% of individuals say they are accountable?
It’s what’s called the Accountability Gap, and it is in nearly every organization and can exist for many reasons that aren’t nearly as important as understanding how to fix it. The fix is simple, yet complex and requires a performance mindset change on the individual level. The term “Accountability” can be described by many different verbs but ultimately those verbs don’t mean anything and personal accountability means nothing if others don’t see or experience us performing those verbs on a daily basis. That’s right, accountability cannot and will never be achieved in an organization if the people around us aren’t the ones experiencing our accountability. We can have all the ‘personal’ accountability in the world but if we aren’t asking ourselves if others think and see us as accountable in all situations, no matter what, then we’re just running in quicksand.
Use our new, free ‘Am I Accountable?’ assessment to see how accountable you are. And remember, as you rank the statements be thinking, “Do others view me as this way?’
Take the assessment today at www.cornerstonelearning.com/accountability-assessment.
Cornerstone Learning is a performance and leadership consulting organization that has worked with clients all over the world. Our focus is working with individuals and organizations to create performance solutions that deliver top-tier results by inspiring, enabling, and developing employee-led, leader supported, and organization enabled performance. We are able to successfully deliver this through multiple products and services such as employee surveys, online training, performance assessments, and performance coaching. The goal at Cornerstone Learning is to assist our clients in enabling success by developing a dynamic and customized pathway to deliver role model organizational and personal performance.