by Tiffany Fulcher | Feature Contributor
Entrepreneurs are typically highly creative types. Our ideas can sometimes have ideas and left to our own thoughts we can have strong variations of extremes. Left alone with only our thoughts we can easily find ourselves out of balance, lacking diversity, and differences in perspective. As an entrepreneur with a client base to service ,lack of proper checks and balances can hurt our businesses and our bottom line. Here are 5 tips to remaining accountable in business!
- Accountability balances your life– Your initial work in the area of entrepreneurship is always all consuming. Getting a new project, book, business, or idea off the ground can take away all of your free time and energy. In a nation where busyness is celebrated it is very easy to begin to adapt to the all work no play lifestyle. However, this practice put into effect over long periods of time can easily lead to burnout, illness, and loss of relationships. Accountability balances your life, it is the person, friend, co-worker or family member that encourages you to take time off, enjoy a hobby, spend time with friends, or take that vacation. Accountability tips the scales of balance in your favor.
- Accountability honors integrity– Our natural makeup can at times tempt us in the area of integrity. Even with the best intentions we oftentimes war with ourselves about doing the right things. Where there is no accountability the war of wrongs has an even greater opportunity to win. Not because we want to give in, but because no one is there to inform or uphold the standard. Accountability honors integrity, and provides room for growth where integrity may fall short of the company value system.
- Accountability encourages creativity– When you really place others in their strength zones within your company you have a winning combination and a greater degree of creativity. This may not always align in the artistic sense but structure and order can be created in a variety of ways. When you allow others to be accountable to their position and don’t attempt to go it alone, a common mistake of entrepreneurs, then you are far more likely to gain valuable, and insightful discussion and outcomes from your team. This not only allows you to manage others more effectively, it encourages trust, and builds relationship.
- Accountability helps you set and maintain goals– Let’s be honest, sometimes we have great ideas but have difficulty seeing them to fruition. A large part of this is time management and if we are not careful we burden ourselves with more work than necessary. Accountability provides a call to action, a projected timeline. It forces your hand on the deadline and keeps from us procrastination. As you become more busy setting and maintaining goals accountability keeps you from taking on more than you or your company can handle.
- Accountability keeps you humble– When you have tasted success large and small, you can very easily begin to feel a strong sense of pride about your work. Sometimes a little too much pride, which can lead to entitlement, arrogance, and other acts of disdain. Accountability partners keep you humble, they show you that it’s not all about you or your gift, and that quite frankly there are others who can and will do it better. There’s nothing worse than losing your business sense to a strong love of oneself. This is not to say that you should lack confidence in your abilities, there’s just a necessary balance to maintain so that your confidence doesn’t exude in such a way that it takes others for granted.
There are so many other reasons why accountability is such an important part of business. I simply decided to pick out a few factors to decided to focus on. Where there is accountability their is a stronger opportunity for success. Our motivations, purpose, and plans in business have to constantly remain in order to create something truly awe inspiring.
Tiffany Fulcher – Life Purpose Architect
Tiffany Fulcher is an entrepreneur, speaker, and life purpose architect tm boldly encouraging women to live their lives by God’s design. She provides inspiration and motivation through Tiffany Fulcher llc a personal and professional development company. Her practical yet strategic approach helps women to overcome obstacles and pursue limitless possibilities.
She compels others to walk in their authority, embrace their extraordinary, and to own their influence. Through her development and leadership training Tiffany equips her clients with the tools to help them define their purpose, set goals, and confront challenges that keep them from pursuing the enriching life God has planned for them.
Tiffany also owns Education Outsource, which serves to teach and train educators, schools, and organizations on the rising trends in education technology and how to implement these trends in effectively in the school and organizational environment.
Always considering matters of the heart, Education Outsource also provides teachers and administrators with leadership and personal development training encompassed around the educator influence.
As a writer and media personality Tiffany has been featured on ABC’s affiliate Good Morning Texas as an expert and blogger, Essence Magazine online, The Fort Worth Star Telegram and countless other news and media outlets.
Tiffany’s heartbeat and passion is her family. She simply adores her husband of 11 years, Fred and 3 kiddos, Symone 3, Trey 6, and Sydnei 9.