When accountability is MIA in the business, you need this…

 
“We need more accountability and better results.”
 
Ah, if only I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this statement. In fact, I can’t think of a business owner whom I have met or worked with that didn’t have an issue with accountability going MIA at some point in their company.
 
Accountability seems to be eluding a lot of us. Yet there is a simple solution. It is called rhythm – meeting rhythm to be exact. Yes, I’m talking about meeting as in daily, monthly, quarterly meetings.
 
Before you start rolling your eyes or rubbing your temples, hear me out. Meeting rhythm is the backbone of execution and results. Our dread of business meetings stems from how poorly most of them are conducted. They are often unorganized, too long, not facilitated well, and have no end-in-mind. Sound familiar?
 
But meetings are necessary. People need to know what is going on and how the business is doing in order to be effective and engaged.  If you don’t tell the story, they will make up their own story. It’s just the way we are wired.
 
Your meetings can drive accountability if you get into a rhythm. First, a rhythm of having them. And second, create a rhythm inside the meetings; one that engages your team to focus on solutions rather than spending the time giving status updates. 
 
How do you avoid being blindsided by missed priorities? By using the collective intelligence of your team to make critical adjustments, quarter to quarter, to achieve another kind of rhythm – a rhythm of accountability.
 
A well-organized set of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual meetings keep everyone aligned and accountable. It also allows companies to proactively address trends and issues rather than looking in the rear view mirror.
 
Below is a breakdown of what each meeting is meant to do:
 
Daily:  Daily Huddles are for synchronization, alignment, and speed of execution.  They are designed to communicate in a few minutes where you are and what you need to be aware of on a daily basis.  15 minutes maximum.   (65 hours over a year)
 
Weekly:  Weekly meetings are for making adjustments and staying accountable to your quarterly plan. 60-90 minutes maximum.  (78 hours over a year)
 
Monthly:  Monthly meetings focus on team building, problem solving, and learning. These meetings wrestle important issues to the ground.   4 hours maximum.  (48 hours over a year)
 
Quarterly:  Quarterly meetings focus on developing the handful of priorities for the quarter that will drive the annual plan forward.  1 day maximum.  (32 hours over a year – 4 x 8hrs)
 
Annual:  The Annual meeting is also known as the strategic planning session.  Handful of key initiatives for the year that will drive your long-term strategy forward, working on your winning moves and the 3-year plan, all leading to the 10-30 year BHAG™ (Big Hair Audacious Goal).  1 to 2 days maximum.  (16 hours)
 
Sounds like a lot of time. 239 hours to be exact. Seems like a lot of time over the course of a year when you see it on paper. Here’s what you don’t see:
 
• Mission & Vision clarified: why the company exists and where you are headed
KPIs created & owned: the most valuable metrics that drive the overall growth of your company
Values communicated: the core values behind the business
Accountabilty assigned: things get done when someone owns it
• ROI captured: proof positive of what’s working – and what’s not
 
When you create a rhythm of intentional, strategy-building actions within each meeting, the value will become apparent. Accountability will show up. You see it within the team and on the bottom line as well.
 
Share this video with your team at your next meeting and go find that rhythm.