Chapter 3Walk the LineAssuming Ownership and Trajectory Balance
Winning organizations and individuals take ownership for everything that happens to them. They do not engage in the excuse game for not attaining performance expectations. You can begin to assume this kind of ownership in your own life—and create a climate whereby others assume ownership of their jobs, responsibilities, and the overall organization—by understanding how four factors are interlinked, and thus, where you must first direct your energies.
The burning question in most individuals' minds is, “How do we get others to assume a higher level of ownership?” With this question in mind, I began my homework assignment and learned the following:
- When you know the depth of your abilities (formal and informal education, technical and nontechnical training, certification and credentialed work, accolade experiences) and you draw upon and apply them appropriately, you succeed in accomplishment or a personal victory. When you experience a victory, your self-esteem goes up. The same then holds true in your engagement of others.
- When you are victorious, you become significantly more motivated to apply yourself, assume more responsibility, and actively participate. At this point the need to establish incentive and motivation programs becomes less necessary.
- When you're motivated by victories and successes, you become significantly more passionate about life and the endeavors you pursue.
- We then take ownership of those ...