6 Major Steps Establishing Accountability As Managers.
Being a manager put you in a position to become either accountable and responsible for the over-all strategic action, plan and in turn, who will “own” or be responsible for each of the different step required to execute plans.
Establishing accountability can be challenging as a new manager. Often, the people who are closest to the action can be particularly aware of major and minor logistical concern that may involve. Team members who have never handled a certain kind of project or task before may bring a helpful “beginners mind” to generating questions that a more seasoned person may not have considered.
However in establishing accountability here are some key to delegate responsibility:
1. Decide who has responsibility for carrying out task in your action plans.
2. In establishing accountability for tasks, consider getting input from people who have never handled certain kinds of task before as well as those who have extensive experience.
3. Clarify how much autonomy people will have in carrying out their responsibilities. For example, do you prefer people to consult with you before making a decisions? Or do you prefer that they decide and inform you?
4. To clarity autonomy, assess various team member’s capabilities and references. Some people can feel confident in their decisions if they can check out thinking with you before making a choice. Others may feel more more confident in their decisions if they can check out their thinking with you before making a choice.
5. Hold regular meetings with your task owners to help them both evaluate their successes and learn from their failures along the way. Discussing accomplishment and opportunities for improvement will also help develop the skill of task owners.
6. Ensure the system you use for evaluating task owners is a fair and equitable. Stars should be separated from non-performers and rewarded accordingly.