Accountability and results are linked, and if you want to achieve excellent results in your business, if you’re going to have a high-performance team, you need to understand how to create a culture of accountability in your business.

This tool over here is a beneficial concept to help you achieve that “above the line” as you can see, you’ve got ownership, accountability, and responsibility you take ownership of the particular work that you need to do that you pay attention to the results, the outcomes of the work that you’re supposed to do and personal responsibility to do your best work.

“Below the line thinking” is about blame excuses and denial blame is evident that’s about when you blame other people or things outside of your control coming up with excuses or reasons for not achieving the results is about letting yourself off the hook and often in my experience it’s one of those things where if you want to do something you’ll find a way if you don’t want to do something you’ll find an excuse and excuses or reasons can sometimes be just the tricks we play on ourselves to justify the things that we haven’t done or to justify our poor performance.

Denial, that’s the tough one we never know if we’re in denial, that’s the point of denial, but this is about your ability to look at the hard cold fact or to pay attention to what people are saying to you about what the reality of a particular situation is. 

Suppose you want a business that is going to be a high-performance business. In that case, you need to be a high-performance leader, and you need to insist that your people are above the line always, and when they drift below the line, it is your job to lift them and help them see another way. 

If you tolerate your people coming up with excuses, if you tolerate your people blaming things, that’s out of their control. For the poor performance, if you do not help your people see the reality of what their situation is, then again you’re not doing them the service that they need your responsibility around this area is to ensure that you are your best employee. 

You’re going to have to do your best to be the most above-the-line thinker in your business. Yes, it will be tough. Still, ultimately you get the behavior that you tolerate. 

Suppose you want a business that takes full ownership, accountability, and responsibility for the results. In that case, you will need to do the same for your particular role as the business owner.

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