Begin by examining the function of accountability in the cycle of team wellness. In the big picture, it is the glue that holds trust together. Teams begin with a statement of mission, values and vision. Unless teammates’ words and actions consistently reflect this statement, trust is compromised. Strong team trust creates a platform for innovation. When that platform is weakened, teammates become cautious and hesitate to experiment. The energy of the team coalesces around resisting change rather than enabling it.
Simplifying team accountability starts with understanding its role in supporting mission and enabling growth. When the mission is clear and non-negotiable, evaluating whether team behavior is aligned is easy. Every action either advances or restrains trust. The foundation supporting innovation either strengthens or weakens. Everyone, regardless of role, contributes either negatively or positively to the team’s ability to move forward.
Try this exercise. Take a big question like “What is the meaning of life?” or “What is my purpose on this earth?” and answer it in one sentence. It forces you to get extremely clear about what is important. If you own your answer to such questions, your answer becomes a reliable guide for all words and behaviors.
Now apply the same exercise to your team’s mission. Whittle it down to one simple sentence. Get consensus. Once all teammates memorialize their agreement, you can begin measuring everyone’s engagement. Every word counts. Every action matters.