The Accountability Triangle: A Management Mindset Shift

What we’re about to share is one of our key lessons learned for the quarter, and something we’re implementing here at When Toys Age. It breaks down accountability into three fundamental elements, and explains why a lot of accountability relationships fail to deliver the desired results. The Accountability Triangle, we call it

At When Toys Age, we encourage managers to set the traditional mindset of manager-report aside, and to start thinking of our team members as accountability partners rather than responsibilities. This simple shift in mindset will not only improve performance, but also our relationships and our own professional growth.

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The Accountability Triangle: Accountability Formula + Mindset Shift

Accountability comes in many forms—rewards and consequences are great, but there’s nothing more rewarding [and dangerous] than a successful accountability partnership. What makes for a successful accountability partnership? To simplify it, three key elements. Without any one of these three pieces, your accountability partnership will be far less likely to succeed.

  1. A mutual destination: Different end goals=split focus=distraction

  2. Complimentary skill-sets: Complimentary skill-set=you guys can actually help each other

  3. An aligned road map: To ensure both parties are benefiting each step of the way

My skill-set is X, your skill-set is Y. I’ll get you to X if you get me to Y. Here’s how.

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The Most Powerful 4 Step Morning Framework

The Most Powerful 4 Step Morning Framework

Weekly Big Three | Daily Big Three

Morning Excitement | Morning Gratitude

Over the span of our lives, we build systems and habits that bring us closer to our visions for our lives and our visions for ourselves. Our habits and systems may evolve overtime, but these four simple morning habits remind us of the life we want to live and the person we want to be, priming our mindset and energy to live the most complete day. Consistency is key, so let every habit you adopt build from this framework.

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The Most Effective Way To End Each Day

The Most Effective Way To End Each Day

Accomplishments | Next Steps

Happiest Moments | Evening Gratitude

Tomorrow’s Ideal Day | Tomorrow’s Ideal Self

The best way to walk away from each day is with the feeling that we lived a full and complete day. The best way to walk into the next day is to visualize it, visualize yourself in it. and invite it in. The best way to end a night is to fall asleep feeling the way you want to wake up the next day. There’s no better way to prepare yourself for the next day than to close your eyes as the person you will be tomorrow.

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