Richard Montanez was a janitor with Frito-Lay when he created the recipe for Flamin’ Hot Cheetos.  Years later as Pepsi’s executive vice president of multicultural sales and community activation, he has been known to say:

There is no such thing as ‘just a janitor’ if you act like an owner.

An owner is emotionally, mentally, financially, personally, professionally, and physically invested in the business.  That investment engenders a different level of commitment than someone with the perspective of “a hired hand.”  You naturally are always thinking about the welfare of the business.

When you think and act like an owner you will continuously be improving your products and services.  You will maintain a high standard of quality.  Your work ethic will be strong.

An ownership mentality is symbiotic.  The more companies invest in their employees, the more those employees will act like owners.  The more employees act like owners, the more they will invest in their companies.

Do not ever let your job title limit you; think like an owner.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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