by Brandon Steiner January 24, 2013 0 Comments

A couple of days ago, I wrote a post saying that we should all stop checking our email in the first hour after waking up in the morning.

Later that day, my wife came up to me and said: “Brandon, you’re full of it - the first thing you do every morning is get on the computer.”

Truth be told, I get on the computer to check ESPN and some other sites; I’m not checking my email.

But it reminded me of something important: Mara is my personal Accountability Police.

We all need accountability police - in our personal and professional lives - to tell us when we’re full of it, or barking up the wrong tree.

And we all need to be that person for someone else. We need to have the balls to help others in that way.

Sometimes that’s more valuable than blindly encouraging someone.

For instance, my best sales guy just came to me and said he wanted to spend half a day romancing a potential client. It would be great if we landed this account, but it would also be a miracle. So I told him, “I think that’s going to be a waste of half a day. It’s not worth it.”

My wife keeps me accountable, I keep my guy accountable…we’re all better off for it.

Who’s your accountability police? And who are you the accountability police for?

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Brandon Steiner
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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.



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