Family Business owners take responsibility for everything that’s happening; victims shift responsibility to everyone else.
I want to have an ownership mindset in every area of my life. I work with businesses, both family and non-family, to help them create an ownership mindset and culture with their staff.
As an owner I continually look for ways that I contributed to either the success or the breakdown of the situation. If the breakdown involved someone else, I immediately look within myself and ask:
Did I clearly communicate what was expected?
Did we all have the tools and resources needed to be successful?
How else could I have contributed to a successful outcome?
What did I learn so that I can make sure it doesn’t happen again in the future?
Do I need to find different people that can execute on what we agreed upon?
Taking an ownership mindset empowers me to work hard to make my life work.
One of the most challenging dilemmas is when you realize you are in certain situations or with certain people that make success unattainable.
With an ownership mindset I look to change my situation or change the people around me, if needed, to achieve my goals. If I’m changing the people around me every three to six months, I’ll need to hold myself accountable that I could be the reason the results aren’t happening.
Ask yourself — do you typically have an ownership mindset or a victim mindset? What about the people around you — do they think like owners or victims?
I was first exposed to this idea of having an ownership mindset when my previous company sponsored training on the subject. Here’s a link to that great training at Quma Learning.
I want to encourage you to take an ownership mindset in your personal and business life. Let me know if I can help in any way!