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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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Management is an invention. So too are managers.
Hack by Sean Schofield on May 30, 2011
Employees’ hidden talent can give wings to an organization. Too often, management itself is the obstacle.
Hack by Vivek Pai Kochikar on December 19, 2011
How often did I hear managers tell me that the way they had to behave did not reflect who they were any longer, their behaviour was dictated by the system they were in, it was coming from the top down
Hack by Olivier Lavergne on December 1, 2010
Democratise management and facilitate input from thousands of points of contact with the external environment (all employees) into  strategy and business develop
Hack by Mike Parker on August 23, 2010
This hack looks at how some of the unique attributes commonly found in “techie” type people working within high-technology organisations present additional challenges for leadership development.
Hack by Grant McIvor on September 20, 2011
Human Capital is source of Agility and an important resource to gain competitive advantage for any organization.
Hack by Sasidhar Ravinuthala on January 20, 2011
Human Capital is source of Agility and an important resource to gain competitive advantage for any organization.
Hack by Sasidhar Ravinuthala on January 20, 2011
Establish an environment to allow ideas to grow within a company.  An incubator gives support for a new idea.  Universities, notably Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, have used this method t
Hack by Brendan McComb on September 18, 2010
This Hack considers two types of entity, the not-for-profit and the modern non-hierarchical company of the innovation economy, and suggests some simple ways that each can learn and adopt from the othe

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