For the past 24 years, I have created several companies and have been part of several ventures.
Some were successful and some were huge failures. For all projects I find a person to be responsible for the implementation of it. However, many times, the lack of success was due to individuals that were not performing and were not willing to be accountable for their actions.
The success and growth of any company has a lot to do with accountability.
So, how do we get people to become accountable for their actions?
First, what does it mean to be accountable? Accountable is when a person, organization, or institution is required or expected to justify actions or decisions.
I think I found a solution for people to be accountable for their actions.
How about if we all were born with the same “first name” and our actions and our choices will determine our “last name.”
So I decided to give everybody the name, USE
Now, people’s actions will determine their last name; they only have 2 choices FULL or LESS.
You could be Mr. Use Full or Mr. Use Less
MR. USE FULL would be known as a beneficial, advantageous, helpful, worthwhile, profitable, rewarding, productive, constructive, valuable, fruitful person
MR. USE LESS would be known as an incompetent, inept, ineffective, incapable, unemployable, inadequate, hopeless, no-account, bad; informal pathetic.
Who in the right mind will want to be part of the LESS family?
One thing is to make errors, since not one person is perfect and we all commit mistakes.
Another is to screw up because you were not willing to perform, or do your job.
Mistakes happen, failure is part of our life. Making an effort and to be accountable is the key!
At home my kids are accountable for their actions….
Trust is great but with proper implementation. We trust our kids to do the right thing but we still check to make sure. Trust can be a failure if no clear parameters are set. Constantly check on what you expect them to do.
Spending quality time with our kids provides us the opportunity to have a two way conversation of our expectations and to hear their feedback. This is achieved on a daily basis during dinner time! We always have a sit down dinner as a family.
We always follow up on their progress, weather it is school, social or personal. This assures us on how we are approaching a goal and if we need to adjust our approach, and most importantly, the kids feel they are part of a team rather than just obeying rules.
Setting up goals together provides the kids a sense of control and they have a say in setting up these goals. They become motivated to accomplish and feel rewarded when it is done. They are held accountable for their actions, negative or positive.
Accountability is the key to success in life. In any field, profession or age. When people are accountable for their actions, they will do the right thing.
Hopefully, with my experiment people would have the pride not to become part of the LESS family!
“It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable” - Moliere