Act Like an Owner: Building an Ownership Culture
Act Like an Owner is an action guide to building a culture of employee ownership within an organization. Authors Blonchek and O’Neill present their business model, “Act Like an Owner,” which grew out of their experience building information technology service businesses. This model is a roadmap for applying today’s most important management practices in a competitive, rapidly changing environment. The authors use this approach as part of their consulting practice, and are the first to detail how to implement such a program company-wide. Act Like an Owner introduces the internal franchise framework that can be used for unlocking the entrepreneurial spirit in your organization. From this book, you’ll learn how to define your company’s operating model—the way you choose to do business—and then extend the model to your employees. The authors then explain how to link employee behaviors to each element of business performance. They demonstrate how to focus your entire organization on a business goal while addressing employees’ individual needs for opportunity and growth. You’ll learn how to attract and hire people with a positive, entrepreneurial attitude who can create an environment that establishes the values and behaviors you need. At the heart of the internal franchise is the ownership culture, a corporate culture built on principles and values that compel everyone in your organization to think and act like an owner of the business. The authors describe the impact of an ownership culture on an organization, illustrating how you can build equity in that culture and make it part of your company’s brand identity. They explore the power of such a culture to create an environment of shared values and goals. You’ll learn the formula for creating an ownership culture and putting it to work in your organization, and you’ll hear the perspectives of senior executives at companies currently adopting the “Act Like an Owner” program, including those at Aspen Systems, CACI, STAC, PSINet, and ConSonics. In addition, the authors apply the ownership culture model to one of the most pressing problems facing business today: attracting and retaining skilled workers.