Develop a CEO Mindset: A Way to Take Ownership Even if You Aren’t a Business Owner

By Katie Corbett


Developing a CEO mindset is easy when you are actually a business owner. It is possible to do this when you work for someone else, too.


I first encountered this idea in “Work Rules,” by Laszlo Bock. This book, which details reasons Google is a successful company, says it all starts with ownership. Here are some questions I found helpful when taking ownership, even when I wasn’t the owner of the business for which I worked. Ask them of yourself and see what comes up for you.


  • What aspects of your job can you control?
  • What aspects of your job are not under your control? Is this true?
  • If you were the business owner, what changes would you make?
  • What could you do to facilitate those changes while in your position now?
  • What do you wish you had more of?
  • What do you wish you had less of?
  • In what ways can you take a leading role in your career?
  • How can you take ownership of the things that haven’t gone as planned in your career?
  • What is one action you can take today to start taking ownership?
  • For you, what could the future look like if you took ownership now?


Jot down your answers to this list of questions and see what changes you can make or suggest. One thing you always have control over is your attitude. I have found that approaching situations with a can-do, positive attitude goes a long way in facilitating the changes I want to see in situations that are not under my control.


Is there an area of your life in which you would like to take more ownership? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know what happens.


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