Accountability for Effective Teams

Accountability for measurable outcomes is “not the most important kind.” It’s the easy kind.

Last week, I've stumbled upon a pitch for a role-playing game from 1994. That game turned out to be one of the most successful games in history. And recently got its fourth title in the series.

Diablo turned out to be extremely influential part of my life. Not because I've spent countless hours grinding the medieval catacombs but because I've built a website about it.

It wasn't the best website. It had yellow text on black background. Bleeding title. Clipart designed headers. The obligatory marquee. Burning flames. It wasn't popular – only a few friends reading and writing about their virtual adventures.

But I've built a website. And after that, I've made another one. And then another one for a business.

Diablo got me started in tech. From a simple website with burning flames 25 years ago to running teams and building amazing products today.

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Accountability for measurable outcomes is “not the most important kind.” It’s the easy kind.

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