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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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205 Hacks
11 Barriers

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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Let the business users who know VOTE. In IT there is always a backlog of desired projects. The same can happen in other areas of business.
Hack by alexander keenan on May 26, 2011
This Hack considers two types of entity, the not-for-profit and the modern non-hierarchical company of the innovation economy, and suggests some simple ways that each can learn and adopt from the othe
Taking a leaf out of the recent North African uprisings there is something profound and real about the way leaders are chosen and once chosen how they maintain power and hegemony.
Zero-sum budgeting has long been the practice for university &college operations, particularly in the public sector.  Essentially,when the city, county, and state governments are generating p
Barrier by Aaron Anderson on April 28, 2011
As the incidence of programme and development failure increases, at great cost, "Programme Rescue" is fast becoming one of the most important machanisms in the business world to regain control.
Hack by James Stuart on April 27, 2011
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
I recently interviewed Arie Versluis where he discussed how a more traditional design leads to a complex organization with simple tasks, while a socio-technical design leads to a simple orga
Hack by Dustin Mattison on March 22, 2011
Cost Accounting chokes business by focusing on parts rather than the relationship between parts. As the primary feedback mechanism for business and organizations it leads to bad decisions.
Hack by Dan Strongin on March 19, 2011
This phenonmenon is not very common but it isn't very rare too. You must have seen new employees being shown doors during the probation period of their employment.
Hack by Naveen Kanthed on March 18, 2011
Manager’s today are often referred to as insincere, uncaring, disconnected, and unsupportive.
Hack by Maria Pinkling on March 16, 2011

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