Tag Archive: taking responsibility

Victims: The People Leaders Deal with Everyday

Self-destructive responses to life multiply like flies on roadkill. The worst response is pervasive and sinister. It’s the lie of victimhood. This lie, like breathing, usually goes unnoticed. The worst thing about victimhood… Continue reading

5 Ways to Take Ownership at Work

Pressuring people creates compliance – only while they’re being watched. Tasks can be imposed. Ownership is taken freely, or it’s not taken at all. Ownership involves two people, a leader who gives it… Continue reading

4 Reasons People Take Ownership That are Easy to Identify

“I’m concerned this one is going to fail,” my predecessor said. He set me up for success, except for one looming project. I was stepping into a new leadership role. I sweat bullets… Continue reading

6 Questions Smart Leaders Ask Themselves When Giving Ownership

#1. What is my attitude about letting go of things? Leaders who are reluctant to give ownership always end up doing other people’s work. People are slow to take ownership when you are… Continue reading

Blame: It’s E. B. White’s Fault

I slept late this morning. I slept late partly because my friend is vacationing in St. Martin. I slept late partly because our granddaughters started school and I didn’t. But mostly, E.B. White… Continue reading

How Leaders are Made Wise and Why We Often Remain Foolish

“How often must I tell you that we are made wise not by the recollections of our past, but by the responsibilities of our future.” (Back to Methuselah, by George Bernard Shaw) Any… Continue reading