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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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Outside the world of academics popular culture splendidly captured the corporate imperative with the clarion call of “Show me the money!”   That demand is more incessant today with an ever i
Hack by János Pál NÉMETH on December 15, 2011
Most companies have internal employee portals - the ones where all employees are expected to or voluntarily sign in everyday.
Hack by Joel Modestus on July 14, 2013
Any one on the tenure ratchet knows that the lag time between writing ahigh quality, empirical journal article and it's actual printpublication date can be irritating at the least, and downrightfrustr
Hack by Aaron Anderson on October 14, 2010
The so-called shift to knowledge work was actually a shift from prefigured to configured working activities.  It brought with it a shift in the locus of control over the worker's activities - fro
Hack by Fred Nickols on July 11, 2011
We pay lip-service to the importance of many types of capital (i.e., human-, intellectual-, social-, natural- and even spiritual-capital), but our companies are still explicitly and legally designed f
Hack by Randal Franz on December 22, 2011
Leader's see and pursue over or under encouragement of certain people or idea's - favourite's or narscissm is in their blood .
Hack by NAVEEN KHAJANCHI on July 9, 2013
We have structured elaborate change management plans and programs, housed in HR that have, in effect, taken away the responsibility of managing from the line managers.
Hack by john sigmon on November 2, 2014
The FreeSpeak system is a simple but powerful method to force the organization to self-improve and become more competitive while eliminating reliance on management.
Hack by Matt Shlosberg on June 13, 2010
This hack is a model designed on the facts: where we were, where have we taken the wrong turn and where do we go next, maybe towards a new model of enlightened capitalism, as a rupture in the world of
Hack by Alexandru Bodislav on March 11, 2012
A major feature of management in organisations is ongoing change.  Change itself has changed (see Gary Hamel's video on the home page of the MIX).
Hack by Jon Ingham on July 18, 2011

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