Motivational Monday - OWN It!

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Motivational Monday - OWN It!

 

Thoughts On Leadership...and Life

 

One must never delegate taking responsibility or blame for things going wrong to others. Too often, the temptation exists to always be right, to always have the answer, to never make mistakes, to always know what to do (and say)…

 

It is not a weakness to be wrong and while it does take courage to own wrong or failure without shifting the blame, doesn’t the buck stop here - always?

 

Own it!

 

Not only leaders but, people in general miss out on opportunities to build their influence because they absolutely refuse to own responsibility when things go wrong. How can you expect those you lead OR even those you work with to take responsibility for their part when things go wrong if you don’t (or won’t) do it yourself?

 

Whether you lead a team or are independent, the example that you set when it comes to ownership of responsibility is something that the ‘world’ notices. We need leaders in our profession - and in life - to take responsibility and embrace humility.

 

Practice saying these words:  I’m sorry, I was wrong. 

 

Become proficient at & comfortable speaking those words. Those words alone garner more respect than you can imagine…unless you’re one who speaks them. Then you KNOW the impact they have on those who hear them and how well they defuse a situation as well. Think about it...

 

"First rule of leadership; everything is your fault"

                                                       -Francis Chan

 

 

Happy Monday All!

 

© Debe Maxwell | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | CharlotteBroker@icloud.com | Motivational Monday - OWN It!

 

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James Dray
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Morning Debe.

I know I made some mistakes yesterday, I know I'll make some more today.  If it goes south, the only person I can blame is the one I see in the mirror

Jun 11, 2019 01:53 AM #13
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Lise Howe
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My attitude in customer service is ' It is always my fault - unless it is my fault' -

never waste time trying to find someone else to blame - just go in and fix the issue 

Jun 11, 2019 06:20 AM #14
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Hi Debe,
I learned early on that you gain a lot more respect by admitting fault and being willing to fix it than placing blame.  Even if it's not our fault, we can still take responsibility for a solution, can't we? 

Jun 11, 2019 10:04 AM #15
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I plan on keeping making mistakes in my 80s and taking responsibility. I hopoe I never stop trying.

Jun 11, 2019 04:34 PM #16
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OMG, I literally laughed out loud at your comment, Endre Barath, Jr. - you and Ray are going to get along PERFECTLY! LOL

Jun 11, 2019 07:14 PM #17
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That is one of those things that I worked for YEARS on when I was raising my two boys, Michael Jacobs. They were 18 months apart so, because they spent so much time together, they were notorious for blaming the other one! 

It is a game-changer when you realize that saying you're wrong is actually quite liberating!

Jun 11, 2019 07:16 PM #18
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SO funny, Grant Schneider but, that story is likely the spark to this post! I love that story! 

Jun 11, 2019 07:17 PM #19
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As I mentioned to Michael, Ron and Alexandra Seigel, it truly is liberating, isn't it? I also thoroughly enjoy watching others' responses to an admission of a goof!

Jun 11, 2019 07:19 PM #20
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Thank you so much, Lottie Kendall! I hope you're having a wonderful Monday as well! 

Jun 11, 2019 07:21 PM #21
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I so appreciate you always sharing, Roy Kelley! PS I saw that you were 'welcomed' in the Rain earlier today! Looks like some members are having someone else make their comments!!! 

Jun 11, 2019 07:22 PM #22
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Oh, I know that dance well, Sheri Sperry - MCNE® and what is funny is that they eventually get angry at you or ultimately admit...which has to feel like a million pounds off of their shoulders after all of the drama leading up to the admission!!

There's another reason to just say, "I'm sorry, I was wrong!" - It's a time-saver! LOL

Jun 11, 2019 07:24 PM #23
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I completely agree, Amanda S. Davidson! It's truly liberating...and it has to be a way of  lowering our blood pressure too!

Jun 11, 2019 07:26 PM #24
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I totally agree, Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886 - it's not just those in a leadership position that should be 'owning' it!

And, thank you for the feature! 

Jun 11, 2019 07:28 PM #25
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George, I have a friend who got this plate for her husband, who is a local surgeon...

nvrwrong

Your comment made me think of him! George Souto 

Jun 11, 2019 07:39 PM #26
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OH, you nailed it, Sharon Lee - I do believe that's a huge part of it too!

Jun 11, 2019 07:44 PM #27
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You put a smile on my face today when I read your comment, Hannah Williams - you reminded me of my grandmother (who was a school teacher) and I haven't heard that since she was alive. Thanks for the smile, my friend!

Jun 11, 2019 07:45 PM #28
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And, at the end of the day, YOU know you own it, why not tell the world?! We all learn from our own AND OTHERS' mistakes!! LOL 

James Dray 

Jun 11, 2019 07:50 PM #29
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OMG, I love it, Lise! "It is always my fault - unless it is my fault" - PERFECT! And, I'm with you - moving on allows us to focus on the fix, what we're going to do to improve upon what happened and what we're going to do to keep it from happening again. I like to leave these things in the dust, never to be seen again, Lise Howe

Jun 11, 2019 07:53 PM #30
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You know, that's a great point, Carol Williams and I have done the exact same thing! 

Jun 11, 2019 07:54 PM #31
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OH, me too, Joe Pryor! Better that, than the alternative, isn't it?!! 

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