Create a personal life mission statement based on your deepest convictions and beliefs. What are you to be about? Every goal you have should point to fulfilling your mission, otherwise you need to change your goal or change your mission.
There is a growing trend in business of firms moving away from having a physical presence. Just about every start-up I see does so without an office. And many of these entrepreneurs are determined to continue to operate without one.
Sadly, the personal touch customers want—and deserve—is often lost in the daily grind of doing business, especially in larger companies. Too often the leaders do not model the very behaviors they expect from their teams.
I have seen time and again how the committed take responsibility for their actions. In our high-litigation culture, there’s always someone else to blame. It can be easy to point the finger at suppliers, underlings, partners, and managers that just can’t seem to get things right.
Putting things off can be an expensive form of self deception. The art of the start can be difficult because our internal conversations can paralyze and freeze. The reasons our mind conjures up are extensive and many.
Early in my career, my boss gave me what he called “The 10 Commandments” to personal and team success. It was a laminated, front-and-back, wallet-size card with 10 statements on each side. One side was titled “10 Steps to Accountability” and the other side was “10 Steps to Right Person, Right Place, and Right Time.”
A major way to increase accountability is to reduce anonymity. Anonymity dilutes accountability. Surround yourself with people who have high expectations for you. Be responsible to yourself first. Lose the pride. Open yourself up to accountability.
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