An Accountable Witch and a Responsible Witch can both be in one person. A Responsible Witch can work on small tasks and big projects, and might play both roles, and might add additional others. An Accountable Witch clarifies how to DEFINE, PLAN, MANAGE and REVIEW the project work to complete with the help of others, including the Responsible Witch.
“This really hasn’t simplified anything. It seems even more confusing than ever!” said the Accountable Witch, while the Responsible Witch nodded in agreement.
“That’s where the magic comes in.” says the Good Witch. “The only way to make sure that everything goes as planned is that you work together to clearly define the work each of you are doing. Boundaries can be confusing, so you must be very specific. Start with Post-Its to layout each piece of work that needs to be done. Next, write three agreed-to steps for all who are involved that simplify:
- Who owns this work? (Responsible or Accountable or both)
- How much time will the work take?
- How many full moons will pass before this work is done?
The Responsible Witch also has an important role. Her role is to complete the work that she was asked to do and do it well. Believing that the Accountable Witch was trying to take work away created competition that wasn’t helpful. Without talking to each other, both got angrier.
But the mistake that each made is that it doesn’t matter what you call the work, it matters that you know what work to do.”
The other witches agreed. Taking a little more time when making project requests understandable can save many evil episodes. When you are doing work that requires Responsibility, you must have clarity around boundaries. Always share ‘why things are being done this way’. When you are doing work that requires Accountability, you must revisit the work that needs to be done constantly, then finish the work.
One easy way to work through your projects tasks, just like the Responsible and Accountable witches, is to use a project charter template. Start planning your project now.