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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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It is well known that empowering employees can boost morale, engagement and productivity, but surprisingly few organisations are genuinely strategic in taking such an approach.
Story by Vlatka Hlupic on January 19, 2011
This is the story of a group of students at Universidad EAN that belong to the humanistic management youth researchers group, that have been working for the last 5 months in a Colombian company in ord
Story by Konocenos Human on May 26, 2015
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
Moving offices can be a daunting task, and many companies approach it with an "anything in the budget will do" attitude that can lead to frustrating times when the new offices turn out to be poorly lo
Story by Krysta Jackson on June 5, 2019
Talking about resilience and adaptability of organizations, monasteries may be an interesting area to learn from.
Story by Michael HIRT on June 1, 2011
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

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