Today's brief post is about accountability in your Business. To share a quick story, I have a steady stream of people who want to partner with me on various types of business ventures. Unfortunately, a lot of times these are people that are looking to ride on my coattails or when it comes down to it, won't pull their weight. Over the years, I have developed a system for weeding these people out without wasting my time. I simply give them a task to complete, nothing complicated but something that they have to put effort into by a certain date, if they comply, I move forward. If they don't, I move forward without them, its that simple.
This does two things for me, first I determine very quickly if I can depend on them or not, if they say they are going to do something and they don't do it, putting myself in the position of a partnership would be a disaster. Second, it tells me that they didn't respect me or my time to begin with so I don't refer them to anyone for anything, even as a potential customer. I value my tribe more than that. I've compiled a few tips that I use to stay accountable:
1. Do what you say you will do, period. In today's high tech world there is no hiding from responsibility. If you screw up, take responsibility for it, apologize and do what you can to fix it and move forward.
2. Ditch the term "authenticity". You need to be yourself, too many people are preaching and making a ton of money off the term "authentic" don't be one of them. I find the ones that use this term are the biggest flakes. Be yourself, its easier to be accountable that way.
3. Realize no one is perfect. Yes, people mess up and some deserve a second chance to make it right. If this happens to you, give the other person another chance...once. After that, its not their mistakes its yours.