Results & Accountability
Results. Startup people have to deliver results. Accountability is the measure of results. When all the results are put together, that’s the outcome for the entire company. Thus, the entire company holds each person responsible for the results of individual goals. Thus the importance of The Big Goal for the company.
New enterprises must deliver what is agreed to. If not, the fledgling business will weaken and is likely to go out of existence. Each individual must achieve the goals for which they are accountable because the company’s life depends on that.
But the risk is high and thus startup goals are very difficult to achieve.
To accomplish the needed goals, significant creativity is required. That’s missing in big organizations. People content to be working in giant corporations and government jobs are personalities who can exist just working on mundane assignments, not troubled that startups can do the work in half the time with half the people and with amazing creativity. They look forward to Fridays.
Startup people do not cringe when facing a seemingly impossible goal, they respond with delight to be given significant goals and their new enterprises thrive. People are eager to get to work on Mondays. They consider badges of honor to be betting everything on accomplishing impossible goals and doing the inevitable all-nighters. At last they have a venue to demonstrate what they can do.
When the accountability system finally measures the outcome, the entire startup organization cheers. Failure at taking high risk is considered an honor, as well as achieving something no one thought could be done. Thus, goals and accountability open the doors to individuals eager to be highly creative. That’s central to what makes startups into great companies, ones that can become Disneys.
“Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things. Because we’re curious. And curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”– Walt E. Disney
I wish you The Best on your Adventure!