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Expand the scope of employee autonomy

“Companies must radically reduce the number of permissions that are required to start something new.”

Too many people in organizations feel powerless to initiate change. Rigid policy guidelines, tight spending limits, and a lack of self-directed time limit individual autonomy and undermine the organization’s capacity to renew itself. Companies must redesign management systems so they facilitate local experimentation and bottom-up initiatives.

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Expand the scope of employee autonomy

“Companies must radically reduce the number of permissions that are required to start something new.”

Too many people in organizations feel powerless to initiate change. Rigid policy guidelines, tight spending limits, and a lack of self-directed time limit individual autonomy and undermine the organization’s capacity to renew itself. Companies must redesign management systems so they facilitate local experimentation and bottom-up initiatives.

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I currently teach a course in Managing Organizations and People to students in the MBA Program at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA.
Story by Mike Cook on June 24, 2013
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Hack by George Kobak on January 5, 2015
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Hack by Abhijeet Sharma on October 14, 2011
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Hack by Sean Schofield on May 30, 2011
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Hack by Orin Davis on December 23, 2011
“10% Passion Time” is an adaptation of Google’s famous “20% Innovation Time” (where engineers can spend 20% of their work time on projects that interest them).
Hack by Gavin Symanowitz on January 16, 2011
Behind Bars is a company dealing with all facets of events management.
Story by Matthew Cigler on May 2, 2012

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