If you are in a management position, the best way to help build a culture of accountability in your company is to be the first to walk the walk. When your employees see you taking responsibility and following through on your commitments, they will be more likely to do the same. Accountability also fosters trust, which is essential in any business. In working environments with high levels of trust, people tend to focus more on solutions than on placing blame. Conversely, in workplaces with low levels of trust, the blame game is quite common – and “She was supposed to…”, “No, he said that he would…” takes over “How can we fix it?” Let’s face it: whatever your business, in order to have an effective company, you must designate one accountable person for each project; an accountable party, who is responsible for getting the job done. This person can have many people help her do the work, but she is the one who needs to make sure that everything gets done, from A to Z. This is the only way to ensure that everybody in the company takes responsibility, and that your company culture becomes one where accountability is the norm.