10 Signs of an Accountable Culture (Infographic)

By Jessica Wishart

    Tue, Jun 27, 2017 @ 09:00 AM Accountable Leaders & Teams

    According to an article in Harvard Business Review, "The brutal fact is that about 70% of all change 10 Signs of An Accountable Cultureinitiatives fail." There are lots of reasons that fast growing mid-market companies have a hard time completing complex initiatives like integrating acquisitions, launching new products, expanding to new markets, and driving revenue growth. When you have initiatives like these, you are relying on cross-departmental collaboration and high performance from your individual A-players. Breakdowns in communication, lack of clear purpose, failure to set common expectations, poor collaboration, and lack of follow up on results and consequences can all spell disaster for your best-laid plans. The key is, in a word, accountability.

    There are lots of misconceptions about accountability; many view it as a harsh or punitive term (think: "I'm going to hold my team accountable for not hitting their numbers!") In reality, accountability is not something we can impose on others; it is something we have to intentionally build into our culture so that each of us holds ourselves accountable. What does the right environment for accountability to thrive look like?Tweet: What does the right environment for accountability to thrive look like? @RhythmSystems http://bit.ly/2sYqFjD

    Here are the top 10 behaviors we see in companies with high levels of accountability:

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    If you recognize some areas that your team could improve, you're not alone. Many leaders get frustrated with "lack of accountability" in their teams. For help building a accountability in your organization, come to our Breakthrough Conference in October, and be sure to attend Cathy McCullough's session, "5 Secrets to Increase Team Accountability." 

    Rhythm Systems Breakthrough Conference - The business conference designed for growing mid-market companies that want to learn how to strategically plan and execute for smarter, faster growth.

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    Want more information on Team Accountability? Check out these additional resources:

    The Five C's of Team Accountability

    Team Accountability Begins with Personal Accountability

    Building Team Accountability: Job Scorecards

    10 Signs of an Accountable Culture [Infographic]

    Growing Accountability in Your Organization

    Quick Tips for Building Accountability

    5 Steps to Having an Accountability Discussion [Video]

    Learn more about accountable leaders and teams. 


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