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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've been facilitating groups of 18 people from roughly a half dozen countries who meet for 3 separate weeks over a 6 month period. Each time we meet on a different continent.
Story by Kimberly Wiefling on May 30, 2013
Knowledge workers cannot be motivated by bribing them, but have to be turned from employees to real partners.
Story by Michael HIRT on June 5, 2011
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Story by Joe Marchese on December 13, 2011
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
Across my work life, I often find myself in a situation of managing a fairly young team and trying to draw my team out and getting them to step forward to lead.
Story by Wynthia Goh on June 6, 2013
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
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
With digital transformation on the verge, most interactions with customers will now occur on smartphones and other digital platforms.
Story by Jeff Parker on November 6, 2019
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

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