Accountability in the
is one core cultural value that no truly successful organization can do
without: personal accountability. Personal accountability requires team members
to take responsibility for their own actions and help other members to take
similar responsibility. They also contribute to improve the performance of the
organization by focusing on actions to take at the individual level.
most difficult thing to master for management. Sadly, a majority of managers
don’t have a clue about how to hold people accountable, and … to hold
themselves accountable. Many think, and claim, they do, but in reality they
don’t practice it effectively.
a Culture of Empowerment
Empowerment is a
desirable management and organizational style that enables employees to use
their skills and abilities to benefit both their organization and themselves. The
organization has the responsibility to create a work environment that helps
foster the ability and desire of employees to act in empowered ways, and the
responsibility to remove barriers that limit the ability of staff to act in
in a culture of empowerment, employees feel a sense of ownership in their
projects and functions with the resulting excitement and motivation to perform.
As “owners” of their projects they become accountable for results, doubling the
benefits to the organization. They are free to use the knowledge they acquired,
the experience gained by that freedom, and the motivation of being a true part
of the business.
Delegate to Succeed
is appointing someone else to act on your behalf, meaning that you are
assigning the authority and responsibility to another person to carry out
certain tasks or activities that you usually do. Effective delegation is the
most powerful activity in management because it enables you to direct your
focus and energy to those activities that are the responsibility of the
manager/leader and only you can do.
requires trust in the people you are delegating to, and trust is the highest
form of human motivation. By delegating you are investing not only in the
growth and development of an employee but also in the firm and in yourself. If
you chose your staff carefully, they should be the help that you need to be
effective; your ability to delegate will make the difference.
Strategy and Succession Planning
Can your company
survive without you in charge? What if one or more of your key personnel left
-- can the organization survive their departure? Do you know when you want to
retire or take a lesser role? Have you considered the different scenarios that
can occur affecting the organization?
most business owners these subjects are at or near the bottom of the things to
do list. Not knowing what life has in store for you—for business issues,
health, family, etc.—you need to be prepared, and having well-thought-out plans
in case the unexpected happens can give you peace of mind. These plans can make
a huge difference in enabling you to salvage your business in dire situations.
contains the key issues you need to address and the steps to take to develop a
plan to cover the company’s needs when you or other key personnel leave the
company as well as a plan to cover your own needs for when you leave the
business (exit planning).
expertly presents practical advice and strategies that only someone who has
gone through the sale of an owned company can provide. This comprehensive and
enlightening book takes a complex transaction and fashions it into an
organized, thorough, step-by-step process. He knows all of the questions
to ask, and asks them!”
Szkolnicki, RN, MS, FACHE, Chief Operating Officer, Hahnemann University
Physicians Practice Plan
You Are the Owner,
But Are You the Right CEO for Your Company?
This book is intended only as a
simple coaching session for small business owners and new entrepreneurs to
evaluate themselves as candidates for the CEO chair. These pages are intended
for business owners who are positioned in the CEO chair. Whether you are in
that position or plan to be, you need to understand--really understand—all its
implications and demands as well as your desires and qualifications. The two
main questions you need to answer are: a) are you qualified, and b) do you want
to be the CEO. Hopefully, this discussion will help you answer both.
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