Accountability is an issue that can cause a lot of stress in the workplace, lead to an organization’s poor performance and compromise the career of employees lacking this particular quality.
Organizations lose productivity when people don’t take ownership of their projects or their work, meet their deadlines or take the initiative to make things happen. Whether you’re a manager or an employee, this video series will help you contribute to instilling accountability in the workplace. In this course, you will learn what it means to be accountable. How can you develop the essential skill of accountability? And how can you help others learn this skill too?
Practicing individual and collective accountability is a great way to boost an organization’s results and has the potential to kick-start the career of all those who are able to demonstrate this skill.
Jason Womack is an international speaker and leadership coach. He is the CEO and founder of The Jason Womack Company, whose mission is to guide companies and their employees to be more productive, accountable and successful. Womack is dedicated to helping individual contributors, entrepreneurs and executives work effectively and efficiently so they have the time, energy and focus to achieve more in work and in life. He is the author of Your Best Just Got Better: Work Smarter, Think Bigger, Make More, in which he offers techniques to incrementally and consistently improve performance. More recently, he published Get Momentum: How to Start When You’re Stuck, which was co-written with his wife Jodi Womack. In this book, they share a powerful and personalized process for improving your life and advancing your career.
Discover the 10 steps of this program
Being accountable doesn’t mean being alone
Through the story of the first-ever column that he had to write for a magazine, Jason Womack destroys a big myth about accountability, which is that you have to do everything you’re accountable for on your own.
Be accountable for deadlines
Being accountable often means respecting the deadlines that you give to others. Jason Womack reveals how you can win your colleagues’ trust by giving them reliable deadlines and communicating potential delays as early as you can.
Accountability is not a blame game
When you are trying to hold your team accountable, you might be tempted to point a finger and always try to find someone to blame. Jason Womack explains why this is counterproductive and what you should do instead.
Demonstrating accountability at meetings
Meetings are a great way to demonstrate that you are accountable. Jason Womack delivers some tips on how to make the most of this opportunity to earn your colleagues’ trust.
Be accountable to your career
Branding yourself as accountable can open many doors for you in your career. Jason Womack shares some advice on how to develop your brand image in this area.
Accountability is a balance between control and trust
Holding your team accountable is a daunting task. If you want employees to be accountable, you have to straddle the fine line between control and trust. Jason Womack helps you to find that balance.
People often have different opinions on what accountability in the workplace actually means. Jason Womack talks about how important it is for a team to have a shared definition of accountability.
Accountability vs responsibility
Accountability and responsibility are two concepts which are closely linked but not identical, and people often wrongly assimilate them. Jason Womack explains why it’s important for managers to distinguish between them in order to motivate their staff and achieve better results.
Accountability doesn’t mean saying yes to everything
Being accountable doesn’t mean you have to say yes to every request that comes your way. Sometimes you need to say no. Jason Womack explains why it is important to speak your mind if you want to be accountable.
Being accountable is a collective matter
Being accountable doesn’t just happen at the individual level. It has to be a collective mindset too. Jason Womack explains why collective accountability matters and how you can contribute to it.