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Friday, July 9, 2010

The Importance of Taking Ownership

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The longer I work the more I appreciate the importance of employees taking ownership of their jobs.  This, of course, doesn’t mean making your own rules regardless of what organization policy may be, but it does mean that you become passionate (the opposite of nonchalant) when the integrity of the systems or processes you are responsible for become threatened by people or events.  I work every day with computer systems.  I should be as scrupulous about these systems as if they were my own.  For example, if I know of someone abusing a computer system, I should take it personally—almost as if someone were abusing my computer network at home.  I have noticed that organizations tend to value and promote people with this attitude.  It assures decision makers that the organizations systems, services, and assets will be well protected by such an employee.  The virtual ownership stake goes for job creativity as well.  Employees who work like entrepreneurs creating their own company contribute the most in dynamism and innovation.  They have a spark and see things in a light that opens doors closed to those encumbered by a dull subservience to the organization.

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