Still struggling with accountability and what it means in the context of you and your team, it’s worth thinking about the word itself.

From one end of the telescope, it means having the ability to count on someone to do something. They’ve taken responsibility to the point where they’re relied on them to pull something off. That doesn’t mean click and collect; you still have to pay attention, show you care and support them if and when they raise their hand, but it’s a reasonable expectation that they will do the thing that they are accountable for.

From the other end, at any point during the project, the responsible adult should have the ability to account for their time and any other resources they’re bringing to bear, and to describe the actions they’ve taken, particularly in relation to the plan.

Skippy strategy: Able to be counted on and able to account.