I can’t tell you how many times I’ve given a suggestion or come up with a brilliant plan only for my wife to remind me that she has suggested it multiple times to me!
I’m just like the rest of the world. The idea didn’t become a great idea until it was MY idea! I’m not sure why, but we tend to reject new ideas or plans that didn’t come from us. It is human nature. Often times as we hear something a few times and possibly from multiple sources, we begin to process it and make it our own. Suddenly, we have ownership in the idea and we love it!
Understanding this is important when dealing with people. Great leaders get it. Their mission is drive the business or cause forward. They realize the best way to get people to buy in is to have some ownership in the new strategy.
There is a lot to be said about how great leaders do this, but it is worth remembering that people buy in when they have ownership in the idea.
What can you do to help others have ownership in the idea, plan or strategy?