Taking Ownership

July 19, 2011 at 9:26 am | Posted in Career Moves | 2 Comments
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Things have been chaotic to say the least these past few days.  Aside from attempting to adjust to the time difference, there have been some serious challenges that have truly tested me.

On a daily basis, I do not typically manage events, but I have somehow been thrown into that role during this work trip.  The hardest part is that my boss, nearly 9 months pregnant, is not here to serve as my shield – I am literally in the line of fire trying to make things work seamlessly so that our audience doesn’t know the chaos that is going on behind the scenes.

I’ve been hearing the same phrase a bunch over the past few days – if you want something done, give it to a busy person.  This 5 day-long event is jam-packed with logistical details that require somebody to take the reins.

So why didn’t we have this all figured out before we touched down?  Lots of complications and too many moving parts, mainly.  But rather than dwell on the why, we need to just keep things moving.  We can reflect later.  Right now, it’s all about taking ownership and getting things done.  I know my efforts will not go unnoticed as there have been a few gems able to support the work.

But this idea of taking ownership has been a major lesson for me in my career in general.  When you take ownership of a project, you are caring for it and if you are one of these busy people, you will likely give the project the love and care it needs to thrive, even when you are thrown into it last minute.

I think that taking ownership is really a lesson in leadership.  When you assume responsibility, you can recognize faults, learn, and grow.

I think my boss would be proud.


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  1. Completely! Taking full responsibility for your actions shows so much integrity and dignity. Nothing can beat it – it makes you a better person and it is beneficial to everyone else! How about Citizenship being taught in classes to children from a young age?

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