Getting Others To Take Ownership
By Dr. Jeffrey Magee
climates whereby individuals assume ownership of their actions,
tasks, and the reputation of an organization, comes down a simple
sequence of inter-linked actions. In working with profit and
not-for-profit sector organizations over the past decade, a clear
model has risen that differentiates the winners from the losers.
organizations and individuals assume ownership and do not engage in
the excuse game for not attaining performance expectations. How you
go about assuming ownership and how you go about creating a climate
whereby others assume ownership of their job, responsibilities, them
self, and the organization over-all can be achieved by understanding
how four factors are inter-linked, and thus where your first
energies must be directed.
burning question in most leaders’ mind is “how do we go about
getting others to assume a higher level of ownership?” What has been
learned is this:
When you know what the depth of your skill
abilities are (formal and informal education, technical and non
technical training, certification and credentialization work,
accolade experiences) and you draw upon those and apply them
appropriately, you experience success in accomplishment or a
self victory. When one experiences a victory ones’
self esteem goes up!
When one is victorious one becomes significantly
more motivated about applying themselves, assuming more
responsibility, and becomes more excited about participating. At
this point the necessity to establish incentive and motivation
programs and initiatives becomes less necessary!
When one becomes motivated over seeing
their victories and successes, one becomes significantly more passionate
about life and the endeavors they apply
We take ownership of those things and
people we are Passionate about.
And to get people to take more ownership starts
by setting them up for victory!
reverse analysis of some of the most successful (SouthWest Airlines,
Harley-Davidson, Army National Guard, OfficeDepot, WalMart, Clear
Channel Communications) is how this model was developed. People that
assume ownership seem to be among the most passionate
at what they do. Those that have high passion for what they do are
continuously motivated by what they do. And this only happens
when people are set up for victories by doing those things
which they are best mentally and physically equipped to undertake.
All of this feeds ones’ self-esteem and when one operates from a
level of high self-esteem, it is both exciting to see what one can
accomplish, it also reveals what one willing assumes ownership
leader that creates a climate in which these four elements thrive,
will also see their business thrive.
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