Do we all need an accountability partner?

Thought for the Day Thursday 9th November #skills

“Accountability, do you need someone to make you accountable?”

One area of being self employed that I hear people talk about a great deal is ‘accountability’. Many join groups, find an ‘accountability partner’, or some seem to be self-accountable and get things done without the need for this

I have never seen an obvious pattern of who uses what method. What I do know and acknowledge is that accountability is essential, we must set tasks and deadlines and know what we must do to get to where we are heading. Never (rarely) getting in a car just for the sake of driving it.

So, today’s thought is about this and I hope this sparks some comments that helps everyone discuss this.

Yesterday, on my lovely day off with a friend, she told me about a book she is reading called ‘The Four Tendencies’ by Gretchen Rubin. This book appears to be all about Accountability and how we respond to expectations, an extract below explains this:

……… “By asking the one simple question, “How do I respond to expectations?” we gain explosive self-knowledge. We all face both outer expectations (meet work deadlines, answer a request from a friend) and inner expectations (keep a New Year’s resolution, start meditating). Our response to expectations determines whether we’re an Upholder, Questioner, Obliger, or Rebel.”

The test is here, its quick and fun and perhaps might give some more self-awareness around our behaviours on meeting our personal expectations as well as our business ones

The Four Tendencies Test

I have just taken the test and I can see the benefit of this and want to dig deeper into this subject. I will add my test result in the Comments and share my thoughts on this.

How about you, how do you manage your accountability? Any tips and experience you can share with others

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Post Author: Penny