Episode 17 – Put Down the Stick: Self-Accountability and the Foundation of Trust

In this episode Craig Mathews and Jeff Nischwitz share the foundation and formula for building a culture of self-accountability with your team and organization. Jeff and Craig discuss key accountability blind spots and realities, the impact of embracing clear commitments and the ways we’re often slippery when it comes to accountability. Most important, listen in for proven tools to build trust and consistent and predictable outcomes with a culture of self-accountability. The Impact Leadership Podcast is brought to you by Cardivera, the leadership development eco-system that helps your grow your people, grow your business and grow your life.

Show Notes

In this episode you’ll learn…

  • The key accountability blind spots and the ways they diminish accountability
  • Ways that poor accountability leads to low trust
  • Accountability is the secret sauce to consistent, predictable and impactful leadership, productivity and outcomes
  • Vital role that “commitments” play in building a culture of self-accountability
  • Great teams are built when they’re empowered into self-accountability
  • Getting people’s accountability attention by using the word “commitment”
  • Accountability is a matter of personal integrity when you make and ask others to make commitments
  • The role of leader vulnerability in building a culture of self-accountability
  • Self-accountability is about integrity, commitments, choices and impact awareness
  • The Stickless Accountability formula


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Your Hosts

Jeff Nischwitz

Author, speaker, coach, consultant, and
Chief SHIFT Officer of Cardivera

Craig Mathews

Strategist, innovator, consultant, and
CEO of Cardivera