The term is used freely throughout the business community. Owners, managers, supervisors and business leaders need to be accountable for their actions and want their employees to be accountable for their actions as well.

I read this poem written by an unknown author that is fitting when you talk accountability. It goes like this:

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

There was an important job to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job.

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

If you do not have the right Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody employees within your company or business you will always be chasing but never really finding and solving the real and important issues.

You must begin with the “who” rather than the “what” to allow you to find the correct course to reaching success. Growth in a company or business is the ability to get and keep as many of the right people who you can trust to be accountable in their day to day activities. By having the right employees, you will find they can and will self-motivate and the accountability factor will come naturally.

Quote by Peter Drucker “Time is the scarcest resource, and unless it is managed nothing else can be managed”.

The world is changing quickly around us and time is of the essence!  If a company or business is dealing with incompetence and their employees lack self-discipline you may and will have a higher percentage of the wrong employees.

In today’s business environment, accountability can only be silenced through a concerted effort by businesses to bring in the right employees as well as have the correct environment to allow accountability and creativity to flourish.

Mike Van, Business Intermediary