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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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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
The world of work has grown increasingly complex in recent years, making the task of management increasingly difficult and the ability for people to self-manage is severely constrained.  Managing
Hack by David De Spong on July 18, 2011
In our distant past, our ancestors would consult with an assortment of gods for guidance.
Hack by Roger Bromley on May 27, 2013
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
HCL Technologies overhauled its annual business planning process, turning it into an opportunity for a) grooming future leaders, b) pushing the envelope of organizational transparency, and c) leveragi
Story by Shubhi Mittal on October 30, 2013
First line managers have a tough role to play. Too soft and you are a push over. Too hard and you are a jerk. Either extreme is a problem.
Story by Jim McGriff, Jr. on June 6, 2015
Non-compliance can be viewed as a ‘problem’ resulting in solutions which are hoping to resolve that ‘problem’.
Hack by Heidi De Wolf on July 17, 2013
Communities exist because the individuals that participate get more out then they put in, scaling from very little value to significant value.
Hack by Rachel Happe on May 26, 2011

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