WHEN ACCOUNTABILITY STOPS
An unfortunate trait that many small business owners have is the loss of persistence or ongoing execution when they no longer have an accountability partner.
When you have to account every week for the actions that you plan to accomplish, it sets a standard that is usually maintained as long as the weekly accountability sessions are in effect.
Most small business owners still have to fight the challenge of procrastination, but, when a deadline approaches and a customer is waiting for a product or service, even if requires working all night, somehow the work is delivered.
The real problem is the implementation of “growth” activities. These are the plans that most often fail when the structured accountability sessions end. The result is a plateau is reached, and if growth does not continue, then the business finds itself in a decline.
A good mentor or accountability partner has his/her greatest value in their ability to “require” a performance standard that moves the business ahead every week.
I have seen the loss of growth when accountability stops with small business owners of all ages, engaged in all types of businesses.
The sad part is not the affordability factor of having a mentor that causes the business owner to go on alone, it’s the feeling I no longer need anyone to help. An accountability partner, in most cases, helps to take the business to a new “profitability” level and on an upward growth path.
One of the best recommendations that I can make to all businesses is to find an accountability partner (mentor, coach, peer group, etc.) and always have one as you continue on your business success journey.
A mentor empowers a person to see a possible future, and believe it can be obtained. Shawn Hitchcock
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