Tuesday 31 January 2023
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Leading with GRIT 07: How to be (and how to hold people) accountable

Leading with GRIT

Leading with GRIT, Episode Seven, discussion guide:

1. We lead off with a discussion and overview on the importance of Leading with GRIT.

2. Some people hold people accountable by clubbing them over the head and cracking whips. But when operating from GRIT, accountability takes on a whole new meaning…

3. “Most people are held accountable when they’ve done something wrong…” This is the WRONG WAY to look at it.

4. Rather, it should be used in “helping people stay on track.” This is more like empowering people.

5. It’s all about high value activities!

6. This just isn’t about leadership/management accountability, it is also about peer-to-peer accountability. The team should hold each other accountable.

7. You are doing it with the intent of the person improving, almost like coaching. You can now see where TRUST is so important here, and why it is the foundation of the GRIT model.

8. How do we hold OURSELVES accountable?

9. Where are you on the accountability ladder? [download below]

10. You have to acknowledge reality. You also have to own it. And you have to be self-aware.

11. The Five Steps of Change is a great tool here too.

12. CLICK HERE to download the Accountability Ladder!



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Leading with GRITIn today’s workplace, business leaders face significant pressure to recruit and retain the best employees, to effectively build a team, to create a culture that is healthy, productive, and dynamic, and to empower their staff in managing stress and finding balance. And behind all of those pressures is one goal: to strengthen and grow the business. And too many organizations struggle with this.

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Laurie Sudbrink, Todd Schnick, intrepidNOW

About our co-host, Laurie Sudbrink:

Laurie is president and founder of Unlimited Coaching Solutions, which specializes in improving workplace performance. She is a certified New York State trainer, an approved United States Navy trainer, and is certified in the Four Agreements. She has over twenty years of corporate experience in human relations, management, sales, marketing and training and is a magna cum laude graduate in Communications from SUNY Cortland.

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Co-founder of the intrepidNOW Media Network, Todd Schnick is a media + business strategist and talk show host + producer. He is a former marketing strategist, national political operative, and lobbyist. Todd has published five books, writes a business + lifestyle column, is a distance runner, and lives in Chicago with his wife Stephanie + family.