Accountability Partners – Are they Necessary?
If you answered that you do not need anyone else let me ask you this, do you challenge yourself? Do you move out of your comfort zone? Do you achieve all your goals?
In my recent blog posts I have been sharing some of the ideas that impacted me when I studied with Dr Fred Grosse. As part of the course I did over a 12 month period we had a Peer Partner or accountability partner. Dr Fred described this person as follows.
“The role of a Peer Partner in business is like a business “soul mate” to cheer you on and help you unfold to higher levels of achievement. A good Peer Partner will act as a sounding board for your plans, and assuming the role of “aware witness”, will gently point out any discrepancies between your goals and your performance.”
I love that description as to me a “business soul mate” sounds so much nicer than accountability partner, which for me conjures up feelings of being at school.
My experience with accountability
I don’t know about you but if I have no accountability system in place I can easily lose my way. The first career I had was in the accountancy profession. In the early days I had a boss to answer to and clear guidelines as to how many chargeable hours I had to achieve each week. That was a pretty good accountability system but I cannot remember being “cheered on and helped to unfold” too often.
I was in my twenties when I started my own accountancy practice and then had just myself to answer to. Although I had also just become married and my husband was a great supporter and helped keep me on track with my business.
Fast Forward some years to my next career
My next career was Financial Planning and that was a whole new experience for me.
I had to find clients, set up centers of influence and a whole bunch of things I had never done before. Apart from learning new skills I was terrified so it was very easy for me to procrastinate and find “busy work” to do.
At that time for me it was critical to have peers I could pair off with so that we could share our experiences. I remember having some very informal accountability set up with one colleague. We would see who could get the most appointments in a given day. It worked okay.
Fast Forward again to now – Home Based Business
Chances are if you are reading this you are probably also in a home based business at least part time.
For me when I first came online I was totally lost really and did not know where to start and on top of that I was techno phobic.
I was fortunate enough to stumble upon a couple of women running a blogging course and we were put into little tribes to syndicate our posts. This small group I started out with became my informal group of peer partners. We discussed our goals, problems and learning challenges. We met once a week and had a Skype group to keep in touch. It really worked well.
When that group fell apart for a variety of reasons I felt very lost and alone. It did not help that I was flipping around from one thing to another.
So for me a peer partner or a group works well.
What should we look for in a peer partner? These are some of the roles and attributes Dr Fred suggests.
- They should have an understanding of your business and be willing to be honest with you.
- Be a good listener
- Know what your goals and dreams are and support them
- Celebrate your successes and challenge you at your non success
- Help you identify what to change if necessary
- Call it as it is
- Brainstorm with you
What is your opinion on Accountability Partners – and do you think Are they Necessary? Have you worked with one? I would love to hear your experience. Please leave me your comments below and if you found this valuable please share it.
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