Simple is Sustainable While Complex Makes Goals Unattainable

Take No Prisoners is a free weekly memo from Scott Wintrip that explores how Radical Accountability prospers companies and changes lives. Instead of taking people hostage with outdated, heavy-handed, and ineffective methods of management, measurement, and motivation, Radical Accountability focuses on creating an unwavering responsibility for getting what matters most done.

I’m often asked by leaders if they should manage using the stick or carrot approach. The best answer is to beat employees with the carrot.

Driving to work, I once again saw a bumper sticker that I’ve seen before: Stuff Happens. Well, so does accountability. Accountability is happening in every organization, and the results achieved tell us just how effective it is. Good results, such as consistent growth, sustained or improving profits, or incrementally increasing market share can be traced back to moderate to highly effective accountability. Poor results are always rooted in a system of accountability that contains flaws.

One common thread in compromised accountability systems is complexity. The more complex the system, the more likely it will fail.

Below is a process for creating Simply Effective processes for improved responsibility. By following this path in creating or improving the accountabilities in your organization, you’ll develop or revise your methods, providing your team with a more viable way to succeed.

This Week’s Radical Accountability Activating Action: Use this process to revise accountabilities that aren’t working or to devise accountabilities that are missing in your company.


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