When a new task appears that no one has done before, who “owns” it?

As ever, there are two more obvious outcomes.

One, we take the view that we are already busy enough doing the set of jobs we already have. Perhaps we shouldnt take on more. This is definitely safe, and keeps things predictable. Depending on how risky the new task is, this might be a wise decision.

Two, we take the view that, if we take on the job and do it well, we’ll be the leaders! Perhaps this is risky. We could fail to be first, we could fail to lead, or we could even just fail at being able to do the job. The rewards here tend to be larger though.