Archive for category: Accountability Group

I’m in your corner…. one session of the Accountability Project in November

For those of you who are curious about the Accountability Project please email me and I’ll tell you more about the one session we are planning for late November in Toronto.

This is about becoming sponsors for each other – different from peer-mentoring:

“A sponsor is typically not in your field, but like a mentor they can see your potential. To them you are a diamond in the rough. A sponsor is a master networker, they have all the connections to take your career to the next level and beyond. They will network on your behalf to garner you face time with the influencers and power players that dominate their industries. A sponsor gains satisfaction from discovering your raw talent and showcasing you to the world. Sponsors are human capital catalysts.

…Think of it this way, a mentor sees your potential and chisels you into a ‘flawless cut’. A sponsor polishes you to perfection, then invites prospective bidders to invest in your limitless potential.”


Curious about the Accountability Group?


Update 25Apr17:  Thank you to the April cohort of the Accountability Group!  I am grateful to my co-facilitator Christine Martin and the participants for coming together to hold ourselves accountable.  We agreed that the “secret sauce” was the “Troika Consulting” experience where we would bring a challenge to the group to get some fresh -thinking!  This is the key difference between this group and other accountability groups, like mastermind groups, on-line groups, success teams, et al.

My wins?  I am grateful to the group for giving me new eyes. I learned that I was holding quite tightly to a “story” of my own making w.r.t. a consulting project I’m launching.  The group offered a different perspective that threw me off my hamster wheel of thought.  Additionally, the group challenged me to question some of my behaviours as “people-pleasing” and challenged me to put myself first.  THANK YOU for the shake-up!

NEXT STEPS:  If you are interested in being part of a future cohort, please email us at the address below!

Additionally, we plan to experiment with a conference call format to see if we can replicate the success, with less of an impact on fossil fuels (thanks for cycling, Christine ;).  We have no intention of giving up the IRL meeting, but will keep iterating and innovating, as we have already done with the group for last years’ cohort.  Thanks to @IdasLevato for helping with this.


Thank you for your curiosity! As part of our community involvement as volunteers in Regent Park, Cabbagetown, and Riverside, we are excited to invite you to join this peer-to-peer group.

If you would like to be part of this life-changing event – not kidding 😉  – please send an email to accgrouptoronto (at) gmail (dot) com.  

We will reply with news of the meeting logistics and answer any questions you may have.  For background on the group, click here.

We wish you all the best for reaching your dreams!

Michelle Ransom & Christine Martin



Bonus!  View this TED talk , and keep that in the back of your mind…

What is the Accountability Group?

For the past 2 years, Accountability Groups have helped us meet our goals.  At the beginning, people’s goals were primarily work-related (finding employment /contracts/new business etc) but individuals quickly found that personal goals like time management, work-life balance, and health were actually at the core of our productivity.  This is a no-fee community group, run by volunteers.  Read on to see if this could help you too!


Q:  What is the purpose of this group?

A:  The Accountability Group helps entrepreneurs, individuals and job-seekers to reach their goals. We do this by creating a space for people to hold their own feet to the fire, connecting into the energy of group collaboration. Freelancing, independent consulting, entrepreneurship, job-hunting and the like can be isolating activities. We have used a private virtual community on, and the brainstorming and support comes to life at frequent in-person meetings in Toronto IRL.  This is a no-fee community group, run by volunteers.

Q: What are people saying about their experience? What did they get out of it?

  • “Michelle’s Accountability Group was a great keeping our projects in focus. I joined the group to help keep me and my project on track. Because of the group, I was able to measure my progress in an objective setting. I would work with Michelle again, and found her to be innovative, intelligent and funny.”
  • “Joining Michelle’s Accountability Group in 2015 helped me to stay focused on my start-up venture, at a time when it felt like it was going nowhere. Thanks to this group, I received honest and pragmatic feedback to help me with start-up and workplace challenges. Our small group brainstorming discussions were respectful and supportive. I look forward to working with Michelle again – she is very approachable, with a wealth of knowledge, and a tremendous amount of positive, creative energy”
  • “Michelle’s accountability group was an incredibly helpful resource that assisted me in launching my private practice. I joined the group to help me clarify the steps I needed to take and to keep my business plan on track. Through the group I was encouraged to take risks and push outside of my comfort zone to effectively promote my business.”
  • go to this link for more testimonials

Q: How do you help each other at the in-person meetings?

A:  We have in-person meetings (as frequent as weekly, sometimes monthly, depending on the needs of the individuals in the cohort) where we use this standing agenda to deeply focus on each person’s challenge/roadblock of the week.  See the standing agenda here.

Each person receives 10-15min of intense attention on their specific roadblock, using a technique called Troika Consulting.

Q: Have you used any on-line tools to help with accountability?

A:  Some groups wanted to experiment with virtual support, others have preferred the in-person experience only.  We have used a group on, where we post weekly progress reports following the 5-15 method  (15 min to write, 5 to read and/or written at 5:15 on Fridays!). Group members read each other’s reports and generate ideas to help each other with the “challenges/roadblocks” section of their report.  Here is the article/format.

Q: I’m curious. How do I learn more?

A:   Please send an email to  accgrouptoronto (at) gmail (dot) com