Randomly visit any company headquarters and once in the front door you’ll feel a low level drum beat extolling Employee Cooperation. Look around for a moment and you’ll see banners hanging from the ceiling with pithy sayings about cooperation and teamwork, upon closer look you may see plaques listing Team of the Month or Cooperation Stars of the Month. Offices and cubicles will be adorned with cartoons, quotes and bobble heads all affirming the power of cooperation among employees.
How does your organization view accountability? At an individual level? Or at a team-based level?
Accountability is a tough subject for most organizations. Why? Probably because it is targeted at one person and more often than not comes with blame or punishment.