Article | Accountability Insights
Most people in organizations regularly encounter barriers that are difficult to overcome or eliminate. Why? Because too many people in organizations fail to take accountability for removing such barriers. Whenever your customers, employees, suppliers, or other stakeholders experience frustration and disengagement because of organizational barriers, it is a clear sign that some of your organization’s policies, procedures, or processes have become hindrances—rather than enablers—to achieving your organization’s desired results. Taking accountability for overcoming or eliminating any and all barriers that impede performance and the achievement of Key Results is crucial for success in today’s business environment.
Apple Computer is a company that exemplifies taking accountability for removing barriers, hence the company’s amazing market value. iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iWatch users worldwide have downloaded billions of apps from Apple’s revolutionary App Store. How do they keep it going? Apple vigilantly removes barriers for developers, users, and their own employees everyday. Arguably, the App Store experience, like the Apple Store experience, is unlike anything else offered by competitors.
To vigilantly overcome or eliminate barriers to success, Apple is constantly developing and improving tools such as iOS SDK, which allows millions of independent app developers to immediately begin developing applications for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. Apple’s Dev Center also provides a wealth of resources—such as videos, sample code, technical documentation, and Apple Developer Forums—to facilitate and accelerate app development. There are thousands of inspiring app developer testimonials online that tell the story. Removing barriers for customers, independent developers, employees, and all other stakeholders is paramount for sustaining high levels of performance and success at Apple. Today iPhone, iPad, iPod, and iWatch customers in more than 80 countries worldwide can choose from an incredible range of apps in dozens of categories, including entertainment, business, medical, news, sports, reference, and travel.
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