Having Fun Accountability
Fun and accountability. Can these 2 words exist in the same thought? Not for most of us. Fun feels good, is exciting and something most of us want more of. Accountability feels heavy, creates a sense of serious interaction, and is full of not enoughs, should haves, you said you would and didn'ts… just to name a few.
For most of us accountability means have to, not want to!
In our last Fast Track newsletter (click here to read it now), the tip of the week was about accountability and fun. We talk a lot about accountability in the Fast Track program and Dr. Misner gives you great coaching about it in the BNI Networking Secrets and The Visitor Experience CDs. But, how can accountability be fun?
Let's look at a couple of examples.
Two friends decide to walk together every day and each one helps remind the other, because that's their agreement and they have fun walking together. Another example of this kind of shared accountability in performance is with great teams in the Olympics. They agree when to show up for practice and they all work together for the result. Each person on the team, just like the friends who walk together every day, celebrates the hard work everyone on the team puts into it. None of this would happen without accountability to improvement, to winning, and to achieving the goals they set together. And if you look at these teams, they are always having fun working toward the goal. Higher performance always occurs when we are having fun!
Fun accountability happens when everyone wants the best for everyone and everyone agrees they will help each other, and remind each other in fun ways of the next step to the goal.
In Fast Track, when a chapter tracks their revenue and growth goal weekly, they are doing it to help everyone on the team get what they want. The reason members want to know where everyone is with regard to their goal is so they know who needs help to get to next step (getting the referrals they need to make the goal). The FUN is the celebration everyone has when they see each other making more $$$ and know that they are helping the team win all day long and that each person is a part of it. No one is left out or left behind.
Here is another fun accountability story we heard from a chapter in Canada. They are going through the new Round 2 of Fast Track. When they were doing Round 1 for the first time (they’ve done it twice), it was a bit of a struggle for the EC to get members talking and participating in the 5 minutes. So, he put everyone’s name in a bag and when no one would volunteer to answer the questions, he would simply say, "OK, I am pulling a name out of the bag and the name I call is who will answer the question." He said it got to the point where members would say, when he would reach for the bag, "Don’t use the bag! Please. We'll answer!"
This simple approach trained everyone to participate and be accountable for their part of the training and it set the stage for accountability in other areas as well. The more accountable the chapter became, the more they achieved and the more fun and success everyone had. Listen to this link to hear how their revenue increased over the three years!
Accountability in teams takes time. Your chapter's level of accountability is directly related to how much of a team they really are. If you are still the only person excited about the possibility of chapter success or it's just you and the Leadership Team, you are at an early stage of being a team and being able to experience fun accountability. Keep waving the flag as the team forms.
Friends can hold friends accountable when it's a known quantity and we all accept it and we know it means helping each other succeed. It's as simple as that. And when we think about and act on accountability in this way, it becomes a celebration!
Are you having fun accountability? Is it time to start?