The concept of joining accountability groups or having an accountability partner is common in the digital entrepreneurship world. Not so much in the traditional workplace.
Sure, setting goals and regularly sitting down with your boss or manager to talk about your progress on those goals are standard practices. But the idea of working your goals with a colleague or holding regular peer-based accountability discussions is unfamiliar to many in the corporate setting.
Having now participated in a few of these groups, I’ve seen first-hand the benefits of peer-based and peer-led accountability conversations. But it’s not for everybody. There’s an art to forming an accountability group, and there’s a process to stimulating accountability conversations that help the participants move forward with their individual goals.
People and Talent consultant Allison Locke has been leading accountability groups at Tellent. I invited her to join me on the Second Breaks Podcast so we can talk about the basics.
In this episode, Allison sheds light on what an accountability group is and isn’t, the benefits of participating in one, what makes for good accountability partners, and how you might go about setting an accountability group yourself.
Whether it’s coaching or getting an accountability partner, you still have to go back and do the work. The work is yours to do. —Allison Lockett
Highlights of Episode 49
- What is an accountability group and what it’s not
- What makes for a good accountability partner
- How to structure accountability meetings
- Frequency, timing, and length
- How to ask someone to be your accountability partner
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