Season 2 Episode 20 – The Importance of Creating a Condition for Success


“When each component’s working and working together, we have a condition that provides us with the optimal opportunity to perform.” – Kari Granger

Most of the time, we think of accountability as what happens “after-the-fact” — once something has gone wrong and it’s time to ferret out the responsible party. The trouble is, this doesn’t give us the opportunity to intervene before we have missed the mark on what we set out to achieve in the first place! Join Kari Granger and Paul Adams as they explorate an alternative: accountability could, instead, be the set of perspectives and practices that we employ to maintain a condition for success. When we reallocate our concern and attention from after-the-fact to before-the-fact, we can intervene in performance quickly and stay on-course to achieve our mission.

In This Episode:

00:55 – Introducing today’s topic: The Importance of Creating a Condition for Success

02:01 – An example of working with clients when their interest waned on their commitments

05:47 – An example of trying to mitigate against the fallout of after-the-fact accountability

07:27 – The ‘Mission Capable’ metaphor: FMC, PMC, & NMC

10:42 – A different model of accountability

15:03 – Advice for those looking to reset accountability among their team — get curious about organization, context, and skill.

17:32 – The Mission Control Productivity and Accomplishment Course

18:42 – The importance of establishing and maintaining the big picture context for our actions

20:06 – The importance of keeping the mission in mind

22:23 – Paul identifies strategies his company, Sound Financial Group, uses to help clients produce the best vision for their future

22:40 – An artful approach to meaningful feedback


“When each component’s working and working together, we have a condition that provides us with the optimal opportunity to perform.” – Kari Granger 

“When we think about accountability as setting the condition for success versus chasing people down to do what they didn’t do, it gives us a lot more power to intervene in performance, and it has us act from a place of partnership, not parental control.” – Kari Granger 

“When I have to hold others to account, I always start with going back to what they were committed to — that bigger context, what their action is in service of.” – Kari Granger 

“Begin to see accountability as a starting place instead of an ending place to really create that environment that’s favorable for us being able to produce those future outcomes.” – Paul Adams 



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Our work is mosaic art. We read, study, and practice many philosophies, methodologies, and modalities of human performance, to ensure that our approach best serves our clients. We would like to acknowledge all of the thought leaders and organizations, whose ground-breaking work has influenced the Granger Network approach – especially Fernando Flores, Jim Selman, Michael C. Jensen, Julio Olalla, Pluralistic Networks, The Newfield Network, and the Strozzi Institute.

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