Own It to Win It: Lessons on Building an Ownership Mindset from Casey Fenton's Running Remote Conference Keynote

Casey Fenton


December 13, 2023

Casey Fenton took the stage at the Running Remote Conference 2023 in Lisbon last April 26, 2023 to share his insights on developing an ownership mindset. With his keynote speech, "Secrets of Building an Ownership Mindset (Remote Team and Modern Equity)", Casey aimed to change the way entrepreneurs view equity and ownership in their businesses. Casey’s keynote left the audience with a newfound appreciation for the impact of ownership on business success.

Casey tied this concept of ownership mindset to Upstock.io, a platform that allows founders to allocate equity and incentivize their teams to work towards shared success. By encouraging entrepreneurs to adopt this mentality, Casey highlighted its potential for creating a culture of collaboration and innovation in the workplace. 

Casey drew upon his experiences from his Couchsurfing days to provide tangible examples of how to foster collaboration and make sure everyone is contributing their best effort towards the common goal. Casey emphasized the importance of modern equity models that are able to recognize individual contributions and reward each team member fairly and equitably. 

All in all, it was a thought-provoking keynote that provided a wealth of useful strategies for teams working remotely. With effective implementation and careful implementation of these strategies, remote teams will be able to reach new heights of success.

Defining the Ownership Mindset

An ownership mindset is a way of thinking that drives people to take ownership of their work and responsibilities. It involves taking initiative, being accountable, and taking pride in one's work. Those who have an ownership mindset see themselves as key players in the success of the company or project they are working on."Equity is more than just a financial instrument," Casey explained. "It's a mindset that empowers people to take ownership and feel invested in what they do."

How to Build an Ownership Mindset

Casey shared several strategies for building an ownership mindset. He emphasized the importance of having a clear vision and purpose, and communicating this to everyone on the team. He also stressed the importance of giving employees autonomy, trusting them to make decisions, and allowing them to take ownership of their work. Casey noted that it's important to celebrate wins and learn from failures, and to continuously strive for improvement.

The Benefits of an Ownership Mindset

Casey explained that having an ownership mindset can lead to increased productivity, creativity, and innovation. It can also improve morale and foster a sense of camaraderie among team members. An ownership mindset can help companies attract and retain top talent, and it can lead to increased profitability and growth.

Challenges to Building an Ownership Mindset

Casey acknowledged that building an ownership mindset can be challenging. It requires a shift in mindset and culture, and it may take time for employees to adjust. He emphasized the importance of leadership buy-in and support, and the need for ongoing training and development to ensure everyone on the team is equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

Lessons from Casey Fenton's Keynote Speech

Casey’s keynote speech provided valuable insights for entrepreneurs and workers looking to develop an ownership mindset. He emphasized the importance of having a clear vision and purpose, giving employees autonomy, celebrating wins and learning from failures, and continuously striving for improvement. Casey also stressed the importance of leadership buy-in and ongoing training and development.

Real-World Examples of Companies with an Ownership Mindset

Casey provided several real-world examples of companies that have successfully developed an ownership mindset. These companies include Basecamp, Zappos, and Patagonia. Casey explained how these companies have fostered a culture of ownership by giving employees autonomy, promoting transparency and accountability, and creating a sense of purpose beyond profit.

The Power of an Ownership Mindset

Casey's keynote speech highlighted the power of an ownership mindset in driving success in business and entrepreneurship. By giving employees autonomy and a sense of ownership over their work, companies can foster a culture of innovation, creativity, and accountability. While building an ownership mindset may be challenging, the benefits are clear: increased productivity, profitability, and growth.

Take the first step in developing an ownership mindset today with Upstock equity plans. As Rhett Kearbey, founder of Sholder, says in his testimonial, "Upstock has been a game-changer for our team. It has helped us build an ownership culture that is focused on success for everyone involved."  Upstock offers modern equity models that recognize individual contributions and incentivize team members to work towards shared success. Visit upstock.io to learn more about the benefits of using Upstock, and see for yourself how it has helped owners and workers alike. 

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Casey Fenton

Founder, Upstock & Couchsurfing, AI and Equity Innovator

Casey Fenton, the founder of Upstock & Couchsurfing and an AI and equity innovator, has revolutionized how we perceive and implement equity in the workplace. His foresight in creating platforms that not only connect people but also align their interests towards communal and corporate prosperity has established him as a pivotal figure in technology and community building. Casey speaks worldwide on topics including ownership mindset, worker equity, With Upstock and Couchsurfing, he has demonstrated an unparalleled expertise in harnessing technology for the betterment of community interaction and organizational benefits.

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