Productivity Mastery 103: Asana (free-to-use project management tool)
“Accountability breeds response-ability.” – Steven Covey
Accountability is so essential to organizations because without it, collaboration is impossible. When we depend on others to push forward a team objective, our success or failure is a shared output. Whereas open communication and resource organization are tools that help improve collaboration, personal accountability is what enables it in the first place. In this context, accountability is more than just doing what you say you will do, it’s knowing what it is your supposed to do, which highlights a critical issue most small businesses face: how to properly equip staff to manage themselves on a lean operating team. In the absence of a dedicated manager whose job it is to oversee the day-to-day tasks of the team, employees have to wear multiple hats and fit various roles interchangeably. In our experience, the best way to do this is to have a clearly defined project plan that everyone can access and understand, with deliverables, reviews, & presentations clearly called out. Turns out a lot of people feel this way too, and there’s more than a few free tools to help small businesses take the planning by the horns. Our favorite? Asana.