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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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In our organization a good portion of customer orders are customized. These customizations require people to think and engineer a solution to what they think the customer desires.
Story by Mark Bublitz on December 17, 2013
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Story by Michael HIRT on June 1, 2011
I managed to finish writing a book or so called booklet called: How to lead IT knowledge workers.This book is based on this story:I have heard around always knowledge workers need special type of
Story by Chris Shayan on February 2, 2013
Sometimes, a company's mistakes can be the best way to learn.
Story by Samantha Hager on March 20, 2017
We run a strategy and innovation workshop and (as one part of it), have been looking at different ways to view the world, including "shared space".  This is an urban design concept which aims to
Story by Jacki Couchman on June 22, 2010
I have heard around always knowledge workers need special type of attention compare to blue collar jobs.
Story by Chris Shayan on February 9, 2013
PrefaceI just finished another reading from my book stack. It is called The will of Power(German: "Der Wille zur Macht") by Friedrich Nietzsche.
Story by Chris Shayan on May 23, 2012
IntroductionI have heard around always knowledge workers need special type of attention compare to blue collar jobs.
Story by Chris Shayan on November 19, 2012
Why Retaining Employees MattersThese summarize has been gathered from Retaining Employees by Harvard Business Press. If you ask from any of CEOs or firm leaders that: “what is one of th
Story by Chris Shayan on January 6, 2013
The hierarchical structures with in organizations often place accountability and responsibility with managers and executives, leaving the rest of the organization to follow what has been set as b
Story by Thabiso Ramashala on November 2, 2010

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