Responsibility, Ownership and Blame

A responsible kid, Photo by Bipul Rabha on Wikimedia commons, under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Blame Game

The blame game usually shows up when people are disconnected from a mission, and have no real owner to talk to, share the situation and reflect on their point of view. It is a very destructive game, that mostly hurts trust. I covered a bit in the past the importance of building trust, and it is suffice to say that if you get into blame games, you are surely breaking trust.

Fostering ownership

We want to encourage people to take ownership, and steer the way and shape of things. Giving context to tasks, telling stories about our goals and missions and coloring the world we want to see are all good ways to tie people to our bigger picture. However without emotional connection to it, ownership will not stick. I think that in the professional work related areas, having professional pride can assist in having this emotional connection. In addition, if you know your work impacts other people, you are more likely to take ownership, as ling as you don’t feel like you are being a sucker. People usually like being part of a bigger story, and own a portion of that story, you just need to giving the prosperous grounds to build upon.

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