Strive for Five


One of my favorite images that I never get tired of looking at is this pyramid of ownership. This image laid the foundation for how I think about taking ownership in my work and I often send it to others looking for career advice.

It’s fairly self-explanatory and 80% of the people I show it to experience their own lightbulb moments.

No matter what level you are in your organization, you should always be aiming for stages 4 or 5.

Depending on the organization, you may need to build trust through consistent and accurate decision-making in stage 4 before you are entrusted to follow through on the execution of your recommended solution.

Founders perpetually live in stage 5 because they have no choice – ruthlessly identify, diagnose, and solve problems or the company dies.