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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.

53 Stories
98 Hacks
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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I was cleaning out my closet and came across a customer service training video the Western Division of Alabama Power made in 1984.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on June 27, 2019
While teaching about the importance of in depth conversations between managers and employees a CEO client raised this question.
Barrier by Peggy Hanley on June 8, 2011
Hindustan Unilever at last count has given over 500 CEOs to corporates across the world. In any survey of companies that consistently build world class leaders, HUL is sure to feature prominently.
Story by Stephen Remedios on July 14, 2013
It is well known that empowering employees can boost morale, engagement and productivity, but surprisingly few organisations are genuinely strategic in taking such an approach.
Story by Vlatka Hlupic on January 19, 2011
The radical fix highlighted is the top down approach of corporate social responsibility trickling all the way to employee’s job description and performance appraisal system.
Base all aspects of work on one simple principle: "Attend to folks' needs". When everyone is onboard with this principle, everthing else simply falls into place.
Hack by Bob Marshall on October 31, 2013
 I realized early in my career some customers are different than others. These are special customers and regular customers.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on September 17, 2015
Social media in the workplace sounds like a great idea since people use social media in their private lives.While it is a big part of our private life, workplace integration is not easy.There are ofte
Story by Will Lukang on January 3, 2014
I've been lucky enough to hear Hamel in person recently,  & something he said struck a chord...
Story by Jonty Monopoli on September 16, 2010

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