Who helps you when you have a business problem or issue? A friend? A business partner? Solving business problems and issues using accountability is a positive step in the right direction. Yet, often those closest to you are not the most effective accountability partners.
For several years now I have been aware that to further my business I need a mentor and coach, someone to hold me accountable. Often when I am working through a problem having a sounding board has resulted in a resolution. And over the years I have had several people that fit this bill, nearly all of these were unplanned and just naturally happened. No formal commitments. A friend, a business associate, family. Problems would sometime get resolved, other times not so much. I began wondering if having a regular, non partisan person, that I was accountable to, would that add to my overall success in the long run.
Setting a foundation for your business is important. Many things go into setting that foundation into place. One aspect is having a reliable accountability partner, one that gets you on tracks and keeps you there. This person can hold you accountable for your business & personal goals and for the day to week to yearly operations of your business.
How does accountability work? Authentic accountability happens when you commit to a person. This could be a friend or you might decide to hire a coach. Be careful working with a friend, often they are mainly invested in staying friends. Hiring a coach is a productive alternative because they are not invested in a friendship.
Don’t get me wrong, I am an accountability coach for a couple of friends and they in turn help me also. But for that kick to high gear, I need someone that will say, ‘Gina you are procrastinating; Gina, you are not committing, etc.‘ I know I need an impartial person. Happily, coaches are set up to be an impartial accountability source.
Setting the parameters for what your accountability looks like.
I’m very much a DIY person, I often want to see if my problem is something I can resolve. Quickly, I determine if the problem/issue is over my head, whether I possibly lack the time, opportunity to resolve it or I just plain don’t want to do it myself.
After you define the problem or issue ask yourself these questions.
- Have I tried to solve this problem or issue by myself with no change in the outcome?
- Does this problem/issue require an outside partner to help facilitate resolutions that are productive.
- What are your accountability time constraint? How often should you address accountability, is going to hinge up a few things,
- 1) is it a one time event
- 2) is there a time constraint on the problem,
- 3) does the problem/issue need immediate attention or can it wait.
- What type of accountability is needed for positive reinforcement?
- Kick start,
- Hold feet to fire,
- Fix it solution.
Once you decided that an accountability partner is required, ask/answer:
- Does this problem require a industry specific accountability partner?
- Determine your budget. Hiring a coach will not be inexpensive, industry average is $500 p/hour. But can range from $75 up to thousands of dollars for top celebrity style coaching.
- Identify the characteristic of your accountability partner that are important for your success.
How to solve your business problems and issues through accountability
- Identify – What problem/issue needs resolution?
- Plan – Break the problem/issue into its smallest components.
- Schedule – Put your steps onto your schedule.
- Take action – Take the needed action from today’s schedule.
- Accountability – Analyze the results, report them to your partner.
This is a simplified plan; for the best results get involved with a business coach that can be your accountability partner. That is how I can help you.
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