Summary of How Did That Happen?
From How Did That Happen? by Roger Connors and Tom Smith Copyright © Roger Connors and Tom Smith, 2009 Summarized by arrangement with Portfolio, a member of Penguin Group (USA)
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When things go wrong at work and you’re left asking, “How did that happen?” the reflexive response is to find someone or something to blame. That doesn’t solve anything. Nor does it prevent something from falling through the cracks again in the future. Take a proactive, constructive approach by developing a sense of accountability in every person at every level of your organization. Consultants Roger Connors and Tom Smith provide a system – the “Accountability Sequence” – for instilling responsibility in everyone in your company. The authors’ insistence – here, as in their previous books – on using their own contrived terminology adds an unnecessary layer of confusion and redundancy to their otherwise solid, straightforward and useful concepts. getAbstract recommends their system for creating an organizationwide sense of accountability, responsibility and participation to managers at any company of any size.
In this summary, you will learn
- What role accountability plays in performance and achievement,
- How you can “establish expectations,” and
- How best to address people who haven’t met set expectations.
About the Authors
Roger Connors and Tom Smith co-founded the Partners in Leadership consultancy and co-wrote The Principle and Journey to the Emerald City.
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2 years agoThe advise is solid in How did that Happen.Once you get past the terminology you realize that most people want to succeed and want their company to succeed .It is the Organization' job to make that possible in a proactive positive way .The authors of this book have a system that explains the way to do it and that appears to work in practice