The Power of the Professional Accountability Partnership

Posted by on May 17, 2012 | 6 comments

Since The Introvert Entrepreneur is celebrating its two-year anniversary this month, I’ve been reflecting on the ways the business has evolved and what’s made that evolution possible. One of the keys to success in my business has been who I have surrounded myself with. We know that as introverts, we often expend more energy than we gain from interactions with other people. That’s why it’s so important to be intentional about who we bring into our lives. We have to make sure it’s worth that expenditure of energy.

Today’s podcast is a slight departure from the norm, because I’m using it to highlight one of the relationships that has been worth the energy. You’re about to listen to a conversation I had with my Accountability Partner and fellow introvert entrepreneur, Arden Clise of Clise Etiquette. Together, we share how our partnership came into being, what personal and professional benefits we’ve experienced, and things to consider if you want to find your own accountability partner.

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vickysplace1
vickysplace1

The podcast was insightful. I thought I had an accountability partner, but we do the same business. We have a booth at Lindy's attic in Snohomish WA and we do a show together, second saturday of the month in the tacoma post office. I think she helps my accountability with the show or otherwise I would not do it. I asked her to join because I wanted a friend, plus we have lots in common. It can get lonely in this business. We both work full time as nurses as well. 

andreaballard
andreaballard

What a wonderful treat to listen to you both!

Clise Etiquette
Clise Etiquette

Having an accountability partner is so helpful. Having Beth as an accountability partner is fantastic!

Clise Etiquette
Clise Etiquette

Having an accountability partner is so helpful. Having Beth as an accountability partner is fantastic!

Greg Shehan
Greg Shehan

Great suggestions in the podcast! I learned about accountability partnerships during periodization training for the agencies in my metro area. Probably the biggest difference I have with mine compared to the advice you gave, is having somebody in a different industry. I met my partner at our agency training in Illinois. (I'm from Kansas and he is from Georgia) We were roommates and we got along great. I think it works for for us since we work in completely different parts of the country. That way we won't be competing against each other. It is good to hear about what's working for him and I tell him what's working for me. What I really liked is the suggestion for some of the topics to talk about, like asking what they think we should be doing less of or more of. While I'm already very introspective, it's always nice to get the perspective of somebody who I respect about what I'm doing. :) Another thing I think I need to do, is to have an agenda before each meeting, maybe along with some notes. That way, it can be more focused and hopefully more beneficial for both of us.

Greg Shehan
Greg Shehan

Great suggestions in the podcast! I learned about accountability partnerships during periodization training for the agencies in my metro area. Probably the biggest difference I have with mine compared to the advice you gave, is having somebody in a different industry. I met my partner at our agency training in Illinois. (I'm from Kansas and he is from Georgia) We were roommates and we got along great. I think it works for for us since we work in completely different parts of the country. That way we won't be competing against each other. It is good to hear about what's working for him and I tell him what's working for me. What I really liked is the suggestion for some of the topics to talk about, like asking what they think we should be doing less of or more of. While I'm already very introspective, it's always nice to get the perspective of somebody who I respect about what I'm doing. :) Another thing I think I need to do, is to have an agenda before each meeting, maybe along with some notes. That way, it can be more focused and hopefully more beneficial for both of us.

The Introvert Entrepreneur
The Introvert Entrepreneur

Greg Shehan, congrats on your new partnership! I hope the podcast is informative for you. If you have any follow-up questions or thoughts after listening, feel free to share here :-)

The Introvert Entrepreneur
The Introvert Entrepreneur

Greg Shehan, congrats on your new partnership! I hope the podcast is informative for you. If you have any follow-up questions or thoughts after listening, feel free to share here :-)

Greg Shehan
Greg Shehan

I have an accountability partner too, but it's a new sort of relationship for both of us, so some advice in how to do it better would be great. I look forward to listening to this podcast.

Greg Shehan
Greg Shehan

I have an accountability partner too, but it's a new sort of relationship for both of us, so some advice in how to do it better would be great. I look forward to listening to this podcast.