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