The Energizer

Resilient Insights for Work & Life

Three Ways to Develop Ownership

by Eileen McDargh, Chief Energy Officer - Monday, June 03, 2019
Featured Image

Joe Tye, a member of The Resiliency Group and CEO of his firm Values Coach Inc., hits the nail on the head when he states that ownership can’t be mandated. Instead, it’s the result of creating a culture that is “heartwired and not hardwired”.

Joe and I met years ago when we both keynoted the national conference of Operating Room Nurses. His passion for building organizational ownership from the inside out caught my attention as solid way to create resilient employees and a resilient practice. Like me, Joe believes that organizations are built around people who have a shared sense of values and mission. This is not something that can be mandated by a mission statement.

Hence, let me offer three ideas to begin this journey to ownership.

First. Recognize that ownership can’t be mandated from the C-Suite and cascaded down.  While the C-suite can have a vision of what “ownership” might look like, the reality is that employees at all levels need to have a say into what “ownership” looks like to them and what gets in the way of one feeling like an owner.

Second. Values are reflected in observable behaviors. To print a statement that says, “employees are our most important asset” is meaningless unless there are actions that support it. When toxic managers are tolerated, when favoritism runs rampant, and when communication is relegated to tweets and texts, it is almost impossible for employees to feel important and valued. I remember one employee who said she saw her manager once. Although his office was down the hall, he only communicated digitally. In fact, he didn’t even know her full name.

Third. Ownership, like trust, must be nurtured or it can be lost. Think about this. Assume I feel like an owner in my organization and take great pride in our product or service. But then, I discover that short-cuts have been made in our product in order to produce the expected profit margin. Or, I have ideas to improve our service but am not encouraged to submit. In fact, my ideas are dismissed without explanation or rationale or the fall back line “it’s too expensive”. One of the skills of resiliency is adaptability which means to look at MANY options. Thus, what at face value might seem “too expensive” could evoke creative ways to expand on an idea.


While these ideas can help on the journey to ownership, may I highly recommend that you explore Joe’s Cultural Blueprinting Toolkit. There is great wisdom and information in it.

PS: In case you are wondering, I have no financial ties to anything Joe does. My goal is to put good people together for great results. That’s pay enough.


Share This Post

Like this post? Please share it!

< Back to All Posts


Eileen McDargh Keynote Speaker Blog Author

About Eileen!

Since beginning her consulting and training practice in 1980, Eileen has become noted for her ability to speak the truth with clarity, wisdom, humor and compassion. Long-standing clients and repeat engagements attest to her commitment to make a difference in minds, hearts and spirits of organizations and individuals. She draws upon practical business know-how, life's experiences and years of consulting to major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. Executive Excellence magazine selected her as one of the top 100 thought leaders in leadership and among the top ten consultant providers of leadership development.

View all posts by Eileen

Subscribe to My Blog!

Like My Blog?

Please share it!

Recents Posts




Multi-tasking Sales Kindness women in leadership Environtment employee retention Sleeping New Year resolutions Faith Thanksgiving Mother's Day St. Patrick's Day Book Reviews Branding Intentions Tornadoes in Texas Exercise Employee Attitude creativity Yoga Superbowl The Last Jedi Survive Career Advice Siblings work life balance Humanity Sheryl Sandberg Boston Marathon preresilience Reshaping the Brain WASP Education Leaders Open Doors Book Stress Politics Gifts From The Mountain angels Feedback Spelling Bee Deloitte Walk For Hunger Dogs Leadership Skills Loss Ecotourism Learned Optimism Married Labor Day goals servant leadership Emotional Intelligence Animals Meetings Voting John Havlik Postive Work Environment Content Generation Building Resilience Radical Resiliency Vacation holidays Fun Work Environment Idea Marriage Climate Change Memorial Day Talk Ain't Cheap Book Suddenly Single Bullying Divorce Laughter Honoring Veterans customer service More Fun at Work Alzheimer's Twas The Night Before Christmas civil discourse Arlington Cemetary Disruption Women resilient leaders Adaptability Relationships teams Children Burnout Trust Adventure Sexual Harassment waiting Christmas Happiness Vegan gratitude USAA Family resilience Interview Napping Technology Your Resiliency GPS stuck resilient organizations Road Trip Positive Brain Repatterning Persuasion Aging Social Media Adam Grant Motivating Others Diversity Guns resiliency Travel LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Speaking Nursing Optimism Charity e-mail cancer Back To School Change Writing Disrupt Henry VIII Girls Sustainability Communication Mark Scharenbroich ecology Corporate Culture U.S.A.A. Spirit Seder Eve Depression Option B Strangers Energizing Energizing Others Hurricane Irma Humor earthquakes Networking Patriots Energy Breathe Bill Treasurer Empathy John Blumberg employees love Listening Office Celebrations Ownership conscience coaching Jewish Breath Soft Skills Engaged Workers