By Chidomere Ndubuisi

- June 6, 2024

In July 2020, I embarked on an ambitious project, the Pamtech Autoparts Plaza. It was a massive building project that I was determined to complete and functionalise within ten months.

To ensure the project’s success, I knew I needed someone to hold me accountable. So, I turned to my big brother in the industry, who has a deep understanding of building and construction.

As you can see from the screenshot, on 12th July, 2020, I sent him the design plans for the plaza and asked if he would be my accountability partner. He agreed, and we set up a system where I would update him every month on the progress of the project. In return, he would provide feedback and guide me through any challenges.

This system of accountability was more than just a means to track progress for us, in fact, as we prepared the updates for my big brother, I was forced to evaluate every decision and every step we had taken as we were challenged to think differently and also pushed to do things better.

This experience taught me a crucial lesson about the power of accountability in business. Having someone to hold you accountable is about having a partner in your journey who helps you stay committed to your goals and overcome obstacles more efficiently.

Accountability has been a game-changer for me as a leader. It’s like a safety net that catches small mistakes before they turn into big problems, protecting both my projects and the reputation of my business.

I think it’s about building trust. When my team, investors, and stakeholders see that I hold myself accountable, it boosts their confidence in my leadership and our collective future.

On a personal level, embracing accountability has transformed how I make decisions. See ehh, knowing I will need to explain my choices later encourages me to think things through more carefully and strategically, helping me avoid pitfalls.

Then, the feedback I get is priceless, and it pushes me to learn, grow and improve continuously.

For any of us embarking on a significant business project, I encourage you to find your accountability partner. It could be a trusted colleague, a mentor, or even a professional advisor. This relationship could be what stands between you and the successful completion of your project.

So, who is holding you accountable? If the answer is “no one,” it might be time to think about who in your network can help you stay on track. The right accountability partner can make all the difference, turning your visions into accomplished goals.

If you have had similar experiences or have thoughts on the importance of accountability in business, we would love to hear from you. Share your stories in the comments below.

I am the Billionaire Mechanic, asking who is holding you accountable.

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