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YKK Fundamental Behavior 18 – Take Ownership

April 28, 2022
Author: YKK
Fundamental Behaviors

When I found out that I was given the privilege to share my thoughts on Fundamental Behavior #18, “Taking Ownership,” I was really pleased as it is the Fundamental Behavior that I have valued and identified with most throughout my career. I have always felt that taking ownership for issues not only helps the one endeavoring to resolve the problem, but also every individual in the organization to progress. It allows the opportunity to foster a great sense of pride in one’s work as well as mutual trust. Once ownership is taken, genuine constructive progress can be made.

In a work team, taking ownership is an infectious action. Unfortunately, it is also true that a lack of ownership can easily permeate throughout an organization. One way I was taught to counter a situation in which ownership is not being taken is to hold weekly group meetings with key managers. The announced goal of these meetings is to review each department’s issues with the intent of developing an ownership-taking culture. Ownership starts with leaders and then dissipates throughout all levels of the organization. Without an ownership culture and employees who believe in accountability, projects will be stalled or fail altogether.

When we take ownership for our work, we treat the business we are working for, and its state of wellbeing, as our own. We make decisions with great care and caution because we see the business as an integral part of ourselves. If I am asked, “What is required for organizations to have sustained, long term success?” or “What can I do to improve my career trajectory?”, my answer is always, “Take Ownership!”.

Hugues Charbonneau
YKK Canada