Finding an Accountability Partner

Back when my son was a teenager and I would ask him the dreaded question–“How is that homework coming along?”–I would receive the typical, teenage, roll-of-the-eyes response, and the standard “I was going to finish it after dinner” answer.

Even if you don’t have kids, at one time you were a kid so I’m sure just about everybody can identify with this scenario. As a child, being held accountable for completing your homework was never fun. However, let’s face it–when we are held accountable for our actions, performance, and commitments, it tends to heighten our awareness of what we are responsible for and what we have promised to do.

So it is with networking for your business: accountability is important.  When you make a commitment to yourself to get out of your office or home office and attend productive networking functions, the reality is that sometimes other things come up and we forget those promises. What to do?

Accountability for Networking Your Business

Find an accountability partner. That way, every time you commit to a new networking strategy or to attending a business networking event, your accountability partner can help keep you to the task. Have a weekly phone or video call to meet with them and identify your strategy for the week. Because you have someone waiting to hear about your progress, it’s likely that you will be more inclined to focus on the task at hand.

To find the right accountability partner, ask yourself these questions and write down your answers:

  1. Who do I highly respect as a business colleague?
  2. Who would not be afraid to push me a little to keep me focused?
  3. Who is one person I would never want to disappoint?
  4. Who is also interested in networking their business so that we can be accountability partners for each other?
  5. Who knows me–and my tendency to procrastinate?
  6. Who will follow through on this commitment to me?
  7. Who has the time to help me?

Put at least one person for each question; you may have multiple names for some of the questions. By answering all seven of them, you can identify potential accountability partners for yourself and then reach out to them to have a conversation.

Think about it.  No one likes to knowingly disappoint someone else, and no one wants to feel like their time is wasted by someone else. With an accountability partner, the urge to comply compels us to perform at a higher level and this leads to greater networking results.

Do you have a story about how someone held you accountable in a way that really benefited you?  If so, I’d love to hear it. Share in the comment forum below. Thanks!

2 thoughts on “Finding an Accountability Partner

  1. This is what is needed to be done when we start procastinate and inspite of having good referrals don’t follow up and leave that opportunity unexplored.Hence lose getting business.
    I 100 % agree with identifying someone as an accountability partner.Tbank you Ivan sir for this valuable tip.

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