At KWSM, we pride ourselves on our core values (see below), but we also incorporate many other traits to better our day-to-day roles as digital marketers, such as taking ownership.
What does it mean to take ownership at work?
Taking ownership is about taking initiative. We take ownership when we believe that taking action is not someone else’s responsibility. We, as individuals, are accountable for the quality and timeliness of an outcome, even when working with others. Each one of us cares about the outcome. It doesn’t mean you have an obligation to own the project. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t involve others. It does mean you have an obligation to the results of the organization and that you have an obligation to act on items that impact those results.
Maybe you have a great idea, but it’s outside the scope of your role. Or perhaps it would take more time than you have. Or perhaps you don’t have the resources needed to complete the task or the fix resides elsewhere in the organization. In these situations, taking ownership means bringing your idea forward to someone who does have the time or resources to get it done. Taking ownership tells others — “You can trust me to do the right thing.”
Discussing these scenarios within our company helps keep each one of our team members accountable for completing their client’s tasks each day. It’s important to go over these things because we can easily get lost in the routines of our weeks, but when we take time to step back and look at the big picture and how the results of each task can have a greater effect on the agency as a whole, we know this time spent is valuable.
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