Business owners typically relish being in control. It’s why many start their own business. They take ownership for their decisions, actions, and results. So maybe they don’t need accountability? Or do they?
While controlling your destiny is valuable, many business owners recognize one simple truth. It can be lonely at the top. When was the last time someone called to check on your progress and goals? Or challenged you to think bigger and try new things? Or maybe congratulated you on a job well done?
Accountability can impact business success. Do you need accountability or maybe a fresh perspective during these uncertain times?
5 Signs You Need Accountability
- I know what I need to do, but often procrastinate.
- With so many ideas, I get stuck in the weeds and miss out on opportunities.
- I have goals and a plan, but find I go off in other directions a lot.
- The business is doing well, but we have more potential. What am I missing?
- Being my own boss is great. But not reporting to anyone makes it easy to put things off!
Bridging the Gap: Knowing what to do versus actually doing it!
When you share your goals with someone who has a stake in your success and can help keep you on track, something magical happens. It brings a higher level of motivation and more structure that translates into results!
How to Build Accountability
Whether it be a colleague, another business owner, or a business coach, an accountability partner can help you get focused, stay on track, prioritize tasks, deal with overwhelm, make better choices — and provide a fresh perspective to challenges or roadblocks. Today, this can be especially helpful.
When choosing an accountability partner, be sure you ask someone who is up to the challenge. They should be willing to ask hard questions and remind you of your goals – even if you don’t want to hear it!
Set aside time to discuss your goals and progress. Make sure they are clearly defined so that your accountability partner understands what you’re trying to accomplish as well as you do.
Finally, schedule regular appointments to check-in via email, phone, or teleconference. Scheduling in advance ensures appointments are not forgotten. It also gives you self-imposed deadlines to work toward – something my clients find valuable.
About Joan Nowak. I’ve been helping business owners turn ideas into profits for more than a decade. My whole-business, common sense approach empowers clients and drives improvements in key areas including revenue, operations, team development, customer satisfaction, and profitability.