When we talk about the importance of an ownership mindset and encouraging it within our teams, what do we mean? First of all, it’s not about stepping on toes, and it’s definitely not about pointing fingers. Rather, an ownership mindset is about taking responsibility for your actions and the end result, as well as the work that goes on “upstream” and “downstream” of you. So, while personal accountability and self-reliance are aspects of this mindset (you should always understand your role), it’s equally as important to adopt a “we’re all in this together” kind of attitude instead of an “every man for himself” approach.
An individual who exhibits the ownership mindset is ready for action when the team needs help. You can trust that if things go south, they won’t sit back and blame every other player on the board. They take initiative to fix issues and move forward, but own their losses as much as their wins. This kind of behavior builds trust, increases cooperation and motivation, and causes other individuals to step-up their game.
To help you make the collective transition to an ownership mindset, we came up with three ways to embrace and encourage this unique brand of responsibility:
There you have it! Three quick ways to jumpstart your efforts to embrace and encourage an ownership mindset. It takes time and consistency, but if you’re persistent, it will pay off in spades with a team full of people who want to work not only for their own betterment but for the betterment of their coworkers and the company as a whole.