Create a Cadence of Accountability

Recently, while culling my library, I was reintroduced, reminded of a concept I learned a few years ago – and while it struck a wonderful chord back then, it has reemerged with a powerful, undeniable impact.  Create a Cadence of Accountability – it’s one of The 4 Disciplines of Execution by McChesney, Covey and Huling.

As a woman of words, I particularly resonate to the words ‘cadence’ and ‘accountability’.  They reinforce my personal commitment to rigor and discipline. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not a single act, but a habit” – Aristotle.

The discipline of creating a cadence of accountability applies at both individual and team/group levels – executive, entrepreneur, trustee; senior team, staff, board of directors.  Principally used in execution, it’s also extremely valuable in any transition management, teambuilding, time management and personal performance.

A few truths to consider for why creating a cadence of accountability matters:

  • At its core, execution is about driving strategies that require people to do things differently, and balancing between the ‘urgent’ day job and the ‘important’ new goals.
  • Transition management is about building a culture of achieving predictable results
  • High-performing, functioning teams hold one another accountable for delivering against goals/plans
  • A personal rhythm of accountability makes the difference between success and mediocrity; an A player and everyone else

Life gets easier, tasks get done, goals get accomplished – and you feel great about yourself.  At the heart of it is consistency – it’s critical.  Without it, you/your team will never be able to establish a sustained rhythm of performance.  Put a stake in the ground, make a commitment to yourself and create a cadence of accountability – and hold on – you will be astounded at the results!

This concept plays out in all 4 Quadrants of Leadership.

~ Victoria Raymont