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New: Autonomy Leads to Ownership Thinking

Posted on Nov 21, 2018

There is a clear correlation between autonomy and motivation. Autonomy leads to ownership thinking. 

1.  Dictionary Definition: Autonomy is the quality or state of being independent, free and self-directing.

2.  My definition of autonomy in the context of a business partnership and company is the ability to carry out a vision however I determine, with the best interest of those it will impact in mind. 

What that actually looks like: 
-Weekly meetings with leadership to ensure we’re on the same page.
-I set my work hours.
-I come and go as I determine from my office.
-I set the meetings, prioritize my duties, plan and execute in the way I know is most efficient and best.
-I create the environment which includes the physical office environment and the mental environment I want (camaraderie).
-When given a project and a budget, once I understand the WHY- I execute that project how I determine is best, and however I want.

What that doesn’t look like:
-Someone telling me when I should come and go.
-Someone telling me how to organize myself.
-Someone telling me how to execute on a project.
-Someone telling me I need to check in with them before I execute on something.
-Someone telling me how to arrange my office.
-Someone who DOES NOT TRUST ME to do what I say I’m going to do.

From Simon Sinek:

“The challenge? Albert Einstein spelled it out for us:

‘The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gifted’.  

Using our intuitive mind, we’re using more than just our five senses. It’s almost like “knowing without knowing why”. Arguably, its also what makes things interesting to us, it takes us out of our comfort zone and makes us want to learn more about the matter.”
Focus on making that conscious effort to allow the right balance between ‘rational’ and ‘intuitive’ to emerge in your organization. Give your employees the freedom to make their own judgements- to decide for themselves whether using their gut instinct or staying away from it is the right thing to do in every other circumstance they face. After all, they’re the experts in the field.

And trust me, they’ll come to you for advice if they’re truly unsure of what they’re doing.” Link to article here.

For most of my life I have denied my intuition. It wasn’t seen as practical, real, scientific or factual. I knew it existed, I also knew I wasn’t supposed to talk about it. One of the reasons my growth has exploded both personally and professionally over the last 6 years is because I was given autonomy and ownership. Without realizing what he was doing exactly- Jesse gave me the opportunity to prove my value with autonomy. Both he and I had no idea what would happen when given these tools and resources. 

There are two possible outcomes that can happen when you grant someone autonomy.

1.  They will rise with it. Or: 
2.  They’ll stay the same.

You have to be ready to face that. If they stay the same, they’re not the right fit for your company.

Autonomy promotes growth, motivation and ultimately is what I believe can help change society on a bigger scale. If we can help people learn how to think for themselves, we can create change and impact the world together.

Autonomy is critical for talent.
If you’re not open to autonomy, or you’re still not sure what that looks like, call me: #206-228-5067 or call someone that you know has experienced success on a massive level- and ask the questions.

We go more in depth on this topic on our podcast, Finely Clicked. Listen to this episode, and please subscribe and review us: CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to our podcast!

Call #425-502-5397 if you have a topic you’d like us to discuss on the podcast, or you need assistant in buying, selling or investing in real estate- we’re here for you.



Margaret (Mo) Smith

Director of Operations

Pickett Street Properties
Cell: #206-228-5067

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