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Reinvent the means of control

“We need control systems that shape rather than stifle human contribution.”

Traditional control systems ensure high levels of compliance but do so at the expense of employee creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement. To overcome the discipline-versus-innovation trade-off, tomorrow’s control systems will need to rely more on peer review and less on top-down supervision. They must leverage the power of shared values and aspirations while loosening the straitjacket of rules and strictures. The goal: organizations filled with people whose motivation and discipline comes from within.

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Reinvent the means of control

“We need control systems that shape rather than stifle human contribution.”

Traditional control systems ensure high levels of compliance but do so at the expense of employee creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement. To overcome the discipline-versus-innovation trade-off, tomorrow’s control systems will need to rely more on peer review and less on top-down supervision. They must leverage the power of shared values and aspirations while loosening the straitjacket of rules and strictures. The goal: organizations filled with people whose motivation and discipline comes from within.

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I've always admired CEOs who forgo multimillion dollar salary payments, like Jobs at Apple,but if you drill into the pay-scales at the top companies, you can seethat executive compensation has, well f
Barrier by Aaron Anderson on April 27, 2011
Taking responsibilities makes everyone feel important.
Hack by Alexis Nicolas on October 25, 2010
Formal networks are  empowered and organized Communities of Passion that drive collaboration and progress across silos.Unlike matrix structures, formal networks
Hack by Michele Zanini on July 5, 2011
You probably know people whose mothers loom large - even in their adult lives.  Their every move is slowed by the tugging of apron strings and the daunting consideration of what mother would thin
Story by Julian Birkinshaw on July 6, 2010
People talk about reinventing the wheel as if it's a bad thing. But the wheel is over 5,000 years old.
Hack by Matt Shlosberg on May 20, 2010
Historic and archaic management structures more closely resemble the North Korean dictatorship than a flourishing Democracy; and history shows us what happens to innovation and ambition in authoritari
Hack by Philip Tillman on November 8, 2010
We need to reduce the amount of rules used in the world of management in order to promote people's judgment and practical wisdom.
Hack by Elad Sherf on May 27, 2010
The most successful companies have a higher purpose beyond profit and shareholder value. Yet many companies are adrift, without knowing why they exist. So how does a company find its purpose?
Hack by Tom Nixon on September 1, 2013

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