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The Accountability Partner

We heard a great idea from a workshop participant last week. During a two-day class on Executive Presence, one of the participants mentioned his plan for skill development after the class was over. And in particular, he said something fascinating… he mentioned working closely with his “accountability partner.”

We pushed him a little, to tell us more. And he shared that he had a colleague that he worked with, and they would hold each other accountable for whatever professional improvements they wanted to make. The theory is pretty simple. Once someone else knows your goals, and you give each other license to push each other, you are more likely to stay on course.

The idea isn’t new… but I had never heard the term “accountability partner” before. And once I heard it, it got me thinking once again about the power of accountability.

My colleagues and I work every day to help people improve their communication skills, and we always encourage people to create a plan. But after this conversation last week, we are also going to start encouraging people to not only have a plan. But also to find an accountability partner to help them stay on course.

I love it. I am going to do this myself. And I encourage you to do the same.

Have a great day.

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