Accountability, Who Cares?
This article isn’t about a singular “accountability partner.” It is about understanding the plethora of people in your life and construction business who are available to help hold you accountable. It is about seeing the benefits and embracing the opportunities derived from finding those who are willing to help you achieve beyond your own perceived capabilities.
Look at it like this, rather than a singular accountability partner; plenty of people can and are willing to be a part of an unofficial group of accountability allies. They may or may not know of others within the group, but each of them is a part of your accountability ally system.
What to Look For
The person providing accountability is working hard to be successful and willing to help others do the same. There must be a measure of maturity, experience, and vigor within the bounds of the accountability ally’s knowledge and skill.
In other words, just being available isn’t enough; it takes being involved and requires enough courage to be honest and frank. It means the person must be willing to call a spade a spade. No “yes men” needed.
And it requires someone with a capacity for compassion. If the person assisting in holding you accountable has no sympathy or power for grace, there will be no room for growth and development.
Notably, there must be mutual trust and respect.
“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” – Proverbs 27:17
The people you seek to fill your accountability ally roster come from within the various spheres of your being. Look through the following list to see who you may wish to consider when building your accountability ally list.
Biological or Physical
Family and friends
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.” ― Moliere
Psychological or Emotional
Friends and family
“When it comes to privacy and accountability, people always demand the former for themselves and the latter for everyone else.” ― David Brin
Members of trade associations
Fellow club members
Others within your religious affiliation
Hobby or interest group members
Other members of or instructors in classes
“A body of men holding themselves accountable to nobody ought not to be trusted by anybody.” ― Thomas Paine
Intellectual or Mental
Mental health professionals
Accountability group member
“Action springs not from thought, but from a readiness for responsibility.” -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Ethical or Moral
(These are issues of the heart that spill out into our lifestyles.)
“Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” – Proverbs 19:20
Trade association members
Outsourced service providers (i.e., Human Relations, Tax Preparer, Safety Management, Marketing, Accounting Services)
“On good teams coaches hold players accountable, on great teams players hold players accountable.” – Joe Dumars
Accountable but not Involved
The mainstay in the above sections in finding people who will help hold you accountable is that, in one way or another, they are involved in moving you forward with your life or construction business. But keep in mind that some may hold you accountable without being involved in helping you grow your business or achieve personal goals. They just have a job to do, and they do it.
Those who hold you accountable but may not be involved can include:
Accountability, Who Cares?
The point is accountability is good for you and your construction business. Still, the large number of true accountability allies work hard to be successful and help you be successful.
Reflection: Who is among those you see as good accountability allies in your sphere? Where can you help shore up your own needs for accountability? Can you aid someone else through your role as an accountability ally for them?
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Clients and customers
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