Leave Bumpy Business Roads Behind, Tapping Company Accountability’s True Power
At some point or another, every company hits bumps in the road. Whether due to factors internal, external or a mix of both, organizations can suddenly face slips in performance, productivity and financial health, which may feel temporary or transient in nature. And, in fact, they may be.
Or, they might not be. The persistence of these bumps and slips over a number of months, quarters or even years, is like a big, flashing red light, signaling leaders to stop and assess their company accountability—or lack thereof. But how can that be done?
For starters, notice the signs. If there’s a real issue, you’re not just going to have those macro-level issues of poor performance, productivity and financial health playing out, but a whole host of micro-level issues making it difficult to drive the organization forward with success. Here’s what that might look like:
- Your people don’t really know the company’s goals. They can’t tell you if you ask them.
- Team members don’t know the relevance of what they’re doing. For example, if they actually know the company’s goals, these employees aren’t sure how their unique or collective activities support those objectives.
- A culture-wide lack of trust is either pervasive or comes and goes, undermining repeated attempts to do things right, get projects done, and create an environment that feels safe, whereby people can express and be their true selves.
When it comes to lack of company accountability, turning a blind eye, of course, is dangerous. Making excuses and/or shifting blame for the issues is equally harmful, and often costly.
That said, stuck organizations that truly want the green light and smooth road to success face the facts. Then they get busy, taking corrective action. And the only, true corrective action—or at least the best starting point—is using a proven system for company accountability. Like the MAP Management System™, the right system makes clear your company goals, builds transparency and alignment around job expectations and activities, executes against goals, and uses a consistent, unbiased approach for measuring, managing and rewarding success.
Ultimately, this starts with the organization and its leader—you—paying attention to when problems are more than just a little bump in the road and symptomatic of a true accountability issue. Companies of all kinds and sizes face these issues all the time. The most effective and resilient, however, tap their wisdom and find a way to bring in that powerful accountability, driving business forward toward their goals and with a culture they can trust.
When it comes to company accountability, Management Action Program is here to be your guide. Get there faster with MAP—Contact Us today!