Taking Ownership

Taking Ownership

How do you address and discuss disappointment and failure in your leadership team?

Do your discussions resemble tossing the hot potato, playing the blame game, or simply soothing over the situation with a series of excuses that deep down, everyone knows are not relevant?

One of the distinctive markers of highly effective leadership teams is the ability to express frustration, disappointment and even anger in a poor performing environment AND take ownership for the situation.

Green Bay Packer’s head football coach, Matt LaFleur, addresses failure in their disappointing 3-38 loss to the Saints in Sunday’s postgame interview.

Over the course of this eight-minute press conference, he steps up and makes six statements that confirm he owns the situation.

Even if you aren’t interested in football, this is “best practice” in taking ownership of a situation that many would rather forget.

Taking ownership in dire situations is often the starting point for constructive and positive re-engagement and better performance.

What examples can you share about leaders who step up and express their ownership when things don’t go well?


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About Dan Norenberg

Dan Norenberg improves leadership performance and organization results through Executive Ownershift®, his transformational growth process for executive teams. As a trusted advisor, consultant and professional speaker, Dan’s mission is to enable executive teams and their organizations to play at their best.