My last blog, 6 Excuses for Avoiding an Executive Coach (and Why You Should Think Again) talked about all the negative internal chatter (aka, excuses) we give ourselves for not wanting to have an Executive Coach. That blog also pointed out some of the key business benefits of Executive Coaching. What do some of those benefits actually look like?
Are you fostering an accountability-based team, department, or organization? Accountability takes a step beyond responsibility. Responsibility is a felt obligation to act within an organization's values, whereas accountability adds that you can be called to answer for your own actions.
If you believe the adage, ‘time is money,’ then you’re saying that the concept of time (and the elapse of that time) costs you and your company money. Therefore, maximizing that time and using it in the right way matters. Most executives don’t need to work on their literal area of business expertise (although continuous learning is important), but what many fail to recognize is that leadership, too, is a skill. The minute you became a leader, everything shifted. At that moment, you didn’t just have to do the tasks you’ve always done; now you had to also lead people to do what they do best, every single day.
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Why does team accountability matter? Accountability is the foundation for performance, and without performance, you will not see results. Team accountability directly impacts your team’s results… and you, as the leader, are ultimately responsible for the team’s results. You can’t force others to be accountable, but it is your job to create the right environment for accountability to thrive.
Written by Guest Blogger James Daily
Some teams are highly successful; others are abject failures; some are just mediocre. And there has been a lot of research done on the differences.
Traditional business wisdom dictates that you need a PIP (Performance Improvement Plan) for your team members when they are not performing well. This is a practice as old as time, and like many traditional HR practices (think Annual Performance Reviews), it is time for a closer look at this. In fact, it may be time to get rid of the PIP all together. The ever-evolving workforce requires leaders and companies to continuously reinvent the processes and practices that have traditionally been used - what used to work may not work anymore.
Many leaders find personal accountability comes naturally - often, it is a muscle they have strengthened significantly through years of practice. Being personally accountable is likely part of the skill set that propelled them to the point in their career where they became leaders. Being reliable, achieving predictable results, communicating expectations and results effectively, accepting responsibility for their actions, etc. are all things that got them where they are. But once you become a leader, personal accountability won’t cut it anymore. Now, you also have to cultivate accountability in your team with accountability coaching.
For many companies, the idea of the monthly management meeting can feel like a burden in an already overly scheduled calendar. Why is this meeting, in the midst of so many other meetings, important?
This monthly leadership meeting with employees is your key to building the team, learning together, solving problems, working on specific issues, and reinforcing your company’s culture, initiatives and goals.
Two key concepts in manufacturing that often get misconstrued or even used synonymously are productivity and efficiency. Do you know what the difference is? Despite these two words pertaining to improving the production process of a manufacturing, agriculture, or service sector company, they refer to different things. Once you think about the differences, you can better utilize productivity and efficiency in your business.