How employees can take ownership of a project at work
The business world is crowded with individuals who are trying to be the best of themselves amidst their competition. In such a scenario, taking ownership of a task or a project helps you stand out in the crowd. Not only will you go up the ladder rather quickly as compared to your contemporaries if you take control, but you will also be too valuable to lose during company layoffs if and when the time comes. Taking project ownership demonstrates your leadership qualities and lets your supervisors know that you can lead effectively and be a team player. It depicts that you are willing to do what it takes to get the job done. If you're still wondering how to go about it, here's a quick guide on how to take ownership of a project in your company.
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Step forward to lead
When the possibility of a new incoming project is being discussed in a team meeting, step forward and volunteer to lead the project to completion. While at it, make sure you don't step over your colleagues to get ahead. Work with your supervisor to assign tasks to team members that will lead the project to fruition. Your supervisor may already have a lot on his plate and if you volunteer to take lead on one of the projects, it will not only lighten his work load, but also bring to fore your management skills which will help you in your career in the long run.
Research the project
Take time out to understand what the responsibilities of taking ownership of the project will entail and if you feel your skill set will be able to do justice to it, only then take ownership of it. Create a blueprint of the project's goals and objectives. List the actions and tasks that require completion to ensure the project' success. Gather as much information as you can. Whether it is from the client, your supervisor or the internet; you can give out directions to the rest of the team only when you are fully aware of what you are doing. Complete your research to understand all the parameters before embarking on the project.
Develop a schedule
It is very important to create a project timeline so that all tasks are completed in their given time frame. Develop a roster that includes the dates when specific aspects of a project will get completed. Some tasks in a project need to reach culmination before other tasks can begin. Being a leader also means being a team player. Include yourself when allocating tasks and duties. Camaraderie among team members is built when everyone involved is treated equally.
If you develop reports regularly and hold routine meetings, you're sure to complete the project well in time. Once fulfilled, avoid taking all the credit for the project and highlight the efforts of your team members without whom the success of the project would have been a distant possibility.