Archive: Accountability

Your Internal Monologue can Sabotage your Leadership 

Your Internal Monologue can Sabotage your Leadership    Millions of messages play in your head all day, every day without the slightest awareness. Although they may seem innocuous, these mental nudges subtly shape your beliefs and drive both your emotions and actions. ...

3 Questions to Ask Before Assuming Bad Attitude

3 Questions to Ask Before Assuming Bad Attitude   I was coaching a new manager who said she was getting really frustrated with the bad attitudes of her team. She wanted them to deliver better customer service and felt they were being ...

Accountability Strengthens the Culture

Accountability Strengthens the Culture   A culture of accountability doesn’t just happen. It takes persistence well after you state your expectations. Parenting would be easy if you could tell your kids once, and only once, to do something and know for certain it ...

No Bullies Allowed

No Bullies Allowed   Employee retention and patient satisfaction start with culture.  There are no quick fixes for a dysfunctional work environment, but there are some immediate and bold actions required when bullies rear their ugly heads. Not long ago, I began working ...

Accountability is Not Micromanaging

Accountability is Not Micromanaging   Nobody likes a micromanager, someone who hovers wanting to know every detail of what you do. But don’t confuse micromanaging with holding people accountable. The two are miles apart in how they affect the employees and culture.   Holding people ...

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point

Culture is Evident at Every Touch Point   A few years ago, I was coaching a hospital CEO who said, “I know culture is important but honestly I hate talking about it. Culture is an ethereal term. Nobody really can really lay ...

Authoritative Leaders Need Not Apply

It seems to me that the concept of accountability is getting a bad rap. I had someone tell me the other day that the reason I don’t see accountability as a bad thing is because I spent 25 years in ...

Example spreads like flesh-eating bacteria

Posted by Kristin Baird It’s no secret that leaders are crucial in driving culture, especially when it comes to modeling and holding team members accountable for service behaviors. We have been working with an organization on making necessary culture shifts. One of ...

Accountability Can’t Be Optional

Posted by Kristin Baird I am a firm believer in setting and upholding service standards. In fact, I first implemented service standards in 1996 and wrote about the importance of them in my book, Customer Service in Healthcare (2000, Jossey Bass). It ...

Excuse Du Jour

Posted by Kristin Baird Excuses are, perhaps, the greatest barrier to achieving greatness in both our personal and professional lives. Healthcare organizations often embrace a culture of excuses without even realizing that it’s happening. I frequently witness healthcare leaders engaging in ...