You hear the term in organizations.
We want people in our organizations to have more Ownership.
Ownership of their work, their deliverables, their customers.
We want Ownership of new initiatives, projects, and ideas.
Ownership means taking the responsibility and leadership to create something and move it forward.
But there is another side of Ownership.
Ownership can mean holding on so tightly that others are not allowed to participate.
Ownership can mean simple edits or suggestions cause an overreaction and are rejected.
Ownership can create narrowly crafted solutions that didn’t consider other needs and perspectives.
These two sides of Ownership create the Ownership Dilemma.
Ownership can stem from the need to control.
But Ownership will take control when needed and move the project forward.
Ownership can stem from the need for power, status, and recognition.
But Ownership is not afraid to step into positional authority and lead.
Ownership can be ego-centric, not letting others views or ideas into the mix.
But Ownership takes pride in their accomplishments and achievements.
The Ownership Dilemma can disrupt your organization, and we have a few tools that can help.
One way to measure Ownership is through an assessment of “driving forces” or what motivates us. One area measured is “Commanding.” This “Commanding” score can identify for you and your employees the healthy levels of Ownership, or if Ownership may become too overbearing and controlling. We can also learn where Ownership is under-developed and how your team can work to improve their Ownership of their work, projects, and customers.
Are you struggling with the Ownership Dilemma with your team? Are you wondering why your Ownership seems to manifest as control? Are you hiring and wrestling with getting the right fit and the right level of Ownership?
Understanding your own style, and your collective team styles can help you move past the Ownership Dilemma, to a healthy level of ownership. We are here to help, contact us today about how we can help you and your team better understand their styles, including their level of Ownership.