Ownership means that if you are going to achieve your dreams rather than settle for the crumbs in today’s market, success is going to come down to you and how you choose to respond to the challenges in front of you.
As much as that has always been true, today’s stark job market points a high intensity spotlight on what you bring to the employment party and your willingness to become accountable for whatever changes you would like to see take place.
Successful owners forego somewhat natural tendencies to blame anyone or anything else for the challenges they face and instead keep contributing to their desired outcomes.
If you want to take charge of your current situation, here are two powerful questions that will help you stand out in the sea of me-too desperation:
Question 1: What can you do to make a difference that requires no one’s permission other than your own?
Question 2: What could you do to make a difference if you had permission, approval, support or cooperation?
As you look for your next opportunity, consider building your Contribution Capital in advance by investing in your prospective employer. Demonstrate that you are an owner by:
Identifying specific businesses that could use your skill, expertise or experience to solve specific problems
- Researching issues that your target company is facing, along with probable costs or risks
- Instead of focusing on what you can do for the prospective employer, build your Contribution Capital by developing robust contributions you can make:
- What could you do that would make a difference to that employer? How could you specifically help them make improvements on your own initiative?
- What could you do that would make a difference if others within the business got on board?
- What are the collaboration opportunities you could imagine and how could you show up as a value added member of the team?
Unless you are up against the employer who won’t even consider you unless you already have a job, these simple suggestions may help you stand out as someone who brings the ability to create solutions and develop value. Owners are always looking for other owners, those who are willing to contribute creatively and take response-ability for successful outcomes. Show them you are one who can be counted on to invest their own Contribution Capital.
Russell Bishop is the author of "WORKAROUNDS THAT WORK: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work"
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