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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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"My Customer" is the platform Best Buy created to unleash and amplify the powerful voice of its 100,000+ frontline employees to share what they heard or learned from daily interactions with
Story by Steve Wallin on July 14, 2011
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
In an era when recruiting and training more closely resemble “speed dating” than traditional apprenticeship, world-leading ophthalmic lenses manufacturer Essilor International pioneered th
Story by Frederic J.Leconte on May 27, 2011
Imagine a room filled with 100 people like you. Everyone knows a little something about a little something. Now let’s say 25 of those people are given a question to answer.
I in a recent meeting with about 15 local small business CEOs I was struck by a discussion about one firm’s growth struggles.
Story by Jack McGuinness on February 2, 2011
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

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