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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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3 Barriers

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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Create decision rules & guidelines that can be changed to reflect the processes that are working, make sense, resonate with workers.
Hack by Dave Ungar on July 29, 2014
Force meetings to become more productive by insisting that every single meeting should have a purpose-statement - e g "Invent options to increase sales in Asia" or "Decide release date from suggested
Hack by Dan Bergh Johnsson on October 15, 2014
Nomatik coworking is a “disruptive bypass” (1) that brings together the interests and needs of the growing population of independent professionals with companies prepared to embrace o
Hack by Andrew Jones on March 28, 2014
The problem of assumed expertise: title and tenure are often treated as a proxy for the skill sets of individuals within organizations, making it difficult to fully leverage the collective skill set o
Barrier by Eric Peterson on April 8, 2010
This hack begins the process of changing a Management 1.0 organization’s culture by recognizing that an increase in personal freedom must be accompanied by an increase in personal
Hack by Chris Grams on April 30, 2012
There are 30 years of robust evidence to support the following conclusion:service businesses where employees have a positive service climate have customers who are more satisfied.
Story by Francis Jeyaraj on November 11, 2012
In our organization a good portion of customer orders are customized. These customizations require people to think and engineer a solution to what they think the customer desires.
Story by Mark Bublitz on December 17, 2013
Telecommuting is an aspect of the new workforce that all managers should pay attention to closely. this covers why millennials like it and what it means for the job industries. 
Story by Samantha Hager on April 19, 2017
Citizen engagement and participation in collaborative decision-making in government are to be highly valued and pursued in a democracy.  There are some basic principles that are core to successfu
Story by Barbara Little on December 21, 2011

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