One set of questions asks about how to transform Blame to Ownership. Before I get into the questions, let's review the issues:
- How many discussions are we involved in each day that revolve around:
- Whom to blame
- Whom to 'throw under the bus'
- It can't be me !
- Is this productive time, or wasted time
- How can we overcome the blame game.
HOW VALUABLE DO I PLAN FOR THIS TO BE?
Great question. If the process, decision, or project is not valuable - then why bother. I think what happens is that if it is not valuable to all the team members, then it is easy to sabotage the process, the decisions, and undermine the endeavor by adding 'dead weight'.
HOW PARTICIPATIVE DO I PLAN TO BE?
Another key question. If we plan to sit there with our arms folded, then why be there. If we plan to 'snark' at every opportunity, that is no help. But worse of all is to not participate to the fullest extent to make the meeting, decision, etc a success.
HOW MUCH RISK DO I PLAN TO TAKE?
Ah yes, that pesky risk taking! I have always said that taking risk is inevitable. If you wake up each morning and get out of bed, you are taking risk. The point is to be involved (to be "all in" - http://connectingthedata.blogspot.com/2013/10/are-you-all-in-or-just-surviving.html), you have to take risk.
TO WHAT EXTENT AM I INVESTED IN THE GOOD OF THE WHOLE?
Investment is a key part. If you are floating, then you are not investing. In this case investment is an active participation, not passive investment. The other key part is "good of the whole". The whole; that is the whole project and the whole team.
Important questions to ask of our professional and personal lives.
David Haynes, NCARB, PMP, LEED AP
Ideate Director of Consulting
David is a Registered Architect, Project Management Certified Professional, who previously had his own architectural practice and was President of a commercial design-build construction company for 15 years. A graduate of University of Arizona, he has worked as an Architect, contractor, developer and as a national construction manager for a national retailer. David currently provides business process analysis, virtualization and change management solutions for AEC clients across the United States involved in the design and building industry. Follow David on Twitter: @dhaynestech
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