Take ownership

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I always balk slightly when I read and hear about organisations saying that their employees can now ‘take ownership’ of their learning.

Ownership should mean accountability; what it more frequently means is responsibility.

  • You can choose what to learn – as long as it’s from within this catalogue.
  • You can choose when to learn – as long as it’s within these hours and dates.
  • You can choose how to learn – as long as it’s through our platform.
  • You can choose why to learn – as long as it’s consistent with our brand values and strategies.
  • You can choose where to learn – as long as it’s through our approved suppliers, on our platform, or the approved channels.

That isn’t taking ownership. It’s painting by numbers.

True ownership is self-determination and being able to choose what, when, where, why and how completely for yourself.

Trust people to own their learning; they’ll respect you more.

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