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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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When managers isolate themselves from the team by hiding away in a private ofice, they defeat the benefitsof working as a team.
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
One of the fundamental questions of science and statistics is how to determine the difference between correlation and causation.
Hack by Clint Carlson on June 3, 2011
Set clear objectives to foster trust and sense of ownership therefore incentivizing managers to act as business owners, hence maximizing value creation
Hack by Albert Canela on December 9, 2010
· Tenant #1: a government'sallegiance lies with those that empower it.· Tenant #2: one's allegiance liesin oneself. · Tenant #3: The second tenant isthe most powerful driving force of an economy.
Hack by arno lemus on February 28, 2012
Capitalism will not change if those of us providing the capital don't begin to remove financial incentives for short-term behavior.
Hack by Jeffrey Cherry on May 10, 2012
Ever heard of topsy-turvey? This is a thought about just that. How to turn an organisation on its head and to improve its prospects in our future business world.
Hack by Mark Laycock on December 31, 2010
LOW-RISK & COST method of learning how to start up overseas I'm in Tokyo but with plants in China/Vietnam too.
Story by Ron McFarland on April 6, 2012
Agency theory and the systemic nature of investor owned companies favour top down control, demand compliance and restrict the flow of information, creating disengaged employees.
Hack by Graham Ramsey on March 1, 2011

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