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Accelerate Change by Getting Accountability Right – Propeller

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 9, 2021

BelowTheLine Steps to AccountabilityDo you need a mantra to improve accountability in your organization?

See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it.

Getting the People Decision right creates a harmonious culture of accountability. Does your business have a high level of accountability?

In Propeller: Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability Right Tanner Corbridge and Jared Jones provide powerful insights into achieving a culture of accountability. See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it, explains a method to achieve unprecedented accountability in your organization.

Accountability Starts with YOU

Only when you assume full accountability for your thoughts, feelings, actions, and results can you direct your own destiny. Otherwise, someone or something else will.

Leaders who reject the face-saving cover of excuses and denial and choose instead to own their circumstances and their results, who purposefully and persistently ascend the Steps to Accountability in relentless pursuit of game-changing performance, only these achieve success.

The Secret to Accountability

All businesses, leaders, and teams flounder from time to time. The secret to learning and correcting quickly lies in how the leader, team, and company evaluate such challenging failures.

If a blame-oriented or consequence-focused approach to accountability is applied, learning, correction, and growth suffer enormously. This is a leader who gets accountability wrong.

Propeller - Accelerating Change by Getting Accountability RightAlmost every CEO or senior leader will readily acknowledge the mistakes they’ve made.

The most influential leaders demonstrate a unique ability to make egoless adjustments to their previous decisions. They take ownership for current circumstances to inspire a sense of optimism within the teams they lead. These leaders get accountability right. When they do, everyone who works with them wins. Regardless of the need—regaining lost stability or building on success—the formula applied by these leaders for accelerating change is the same: With intentionality, resolve, and vision, they define the results they need to achieve and then inspire people to rise above their circumstances and demonstrate the ownership needed to perform at new heights. They get accountability right and use it to propel their people and teams forward.

The authors chose the title Propeller to capture one word the Steps to Accountability create: accelerated movement in a needed direction.


Have you ever wondered why some people succeed and grow in their careers while others seem stagnant or frustrated by life?

Why do some individuals achieve the results they want while others explain what went wrong along the way?

above_the_line-Do you wonder the same thing as you look at the teams of people you work with? Why do some teams generate a powerful sense of unity and purpose in their work while other teams limp along divided in purpose, blaming one another for failing to deliver?

Propeller authors Tanner Corbridge, Jared Jones, believe the answer is accountability.

In my history, I’ve been accused of taking responsibility too far. I recall one coworker who felt My taking accountability for MY cancer I was taking this accountability issue to far.

It’s been my belief WITHOUT accountability, you are unable to change things. When you do take accountability for everything, you can change your outcomes for just about everything. That’s what Propeller is about. Discovering a few simple principles and models, honed, and proven over thirty years of research, observation, and application in client organizations to help you get better results.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to hold people accountable. The more we hold people accountable the wrong way, the less accountability we get.


Def of Accountability - See it, Own it, Solve it, Do itWhat springs to mind when you hear the word accountability? Did you picture punishment for a mistake, someone in authority holding your feet to the fire, or hammering you for mistakes?

Reinforcing accountability in a negative way only disenfranchises people and kills morale. Accountability is not accounting for misdeeds or reckoning for one’s missteps; it’s a powerful motivator for getting results. Individuals, teams, and entire organizations that use a positive and engaging approach to accountability can propel themselves toward achieving the results they need.

KEY: You should never think of accountability as something someone else does to you; it’s something you do for yourself, your team, and your organization to help you grow and get better results.

Use the definition the authors share from The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability by Roger Connors, Tom Smith, and Craig Hickman: “Accountability is a personal choice to rise above one’s circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results: to See It,* Own it,* Solve it,* and Do it.*”

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Growth demands Strategic Discipline.

Disciplined People Thought Action Chapter06-01-1Building an enduring great organization requires disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action, superior results, producing a distinctive impact in the world.

Discipline sustains momentum, over a long period of time, laying the foundations for lasting endurance.

3 Disciplines of Execution (Strategic Discipline)A winning habit starts with 3 Strategic DisciplinesPriorityMetrics, and Meeting Rhythms.   Forecasting, accountability, individual, and team performance improve dramatically.

Meeting Rhythms achieve a disciplined focus on performance metrics to drive growth.

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See It Own It Solve it Do It Above the LineNEXT BLOG – See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it. Steps to Accountability

Next blog we’ll share the steps to accountability: See it. Own it. Solve it. Do it. You’ll discover the difference between above-the-line and below-the-line behavior. We’ll share examples of how this works, why each step is important, and just how transformative it can be.

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