Being the Owner
Owning your work means that you’re not just executing a series of activities that someone else assigns you, but rather that you’re truly responsible for the success of your realm – that you’re the person who obsesses over details and progress and figures out how to drive the work forward. It means doing things like:
- Making sure you have all the information you need to complete your work successfully – and seeking it out if you don’t
- Figuring out what needs to happen to make your work successful, proposing next steps, spotting problems or potential problems, and proposing solutions to those problems
- Making it easy for your manager to get the information they need as the work progresses
- Being accountable for your results and drawing lessons for next time
This handout will walk you through how to be an outstanding owner of your work.