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Kevin J. SharpsDirector, Financial Services Consulting practice
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Creating an organization based on the accountability of its members is crucial to building a growing and successful company.
A summary of this topic is most easily seen by viewing the agenda for the March, 2010 Webinar, sponsored by Success Factors, and attended by more than 500 people.
Success Factors Webinar: March, 2010
Exkalibur Leadership Forum, January 2010
Here are some resources that offer further insights about this critical issue and how to think about making accountability the cornerstone of your organization, along with specific tools that are particularly helpful.
Warren Buffet has an enviable track record and doesn’t error very often … but his Annual Shareholder’s Letter illustrates the power of accountability and his approach to taking full responsibility by acknowledge “his mistakes”.