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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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Since 2007 I conducted an independent research effort (The Liquid CIO), with the aim to understand if it is possible to think of an IT organization that is truly innovative and engaging, without the l
Story by Francisco Boerr on January 4, 2014
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
In October, 2012, iHire transitioned its culture to a Results Only Work Environment (ROWE), which is a management philosophy in which the focus comes off where, when and how long employees are working
Story by Lisa Shuster on December 26, 2013
Collaborating with the Occupy movement enabled our business to develop the tool we needed to acheive the truly flat, transparent, empowered structure we'd always wanted.Management doesn't have to comp
Story by Alanna Krause on December 20, 2013
We hacked the system by creating an open space – Conexões 2.0 – where IT teams interacted and developed projects with people from many other areas of Natura.
Hack by Gilson Paulo Manfio on December 19, 2013
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
Every Public Sector organisation across the world is facing some challenges caused by the current economic state, which means that - as part of wider organisational considerations such as property ass
Hack by Heidi De Wolf on December 10, 2013
Many organisations of various sizes are built on hierarchy and driven by status, encouraging people up the organisational management ladder.
Hack by Heidi De Wolf on December 10, 2013
Not new, but simple, cost-effective, underutilized.  Spans industries, levels of work, sectors.  Think "sandbox" (nod to former mentor): Within clear constraints of quality, quantity, time,
Hack by Mary Ann Lesperance on December 4, 2013

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