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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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The 21st century has seen unprecedented prosperity and produced high living standards for the majority of people living in the western world.
Hack by Pieter du Plooy on May 8, 2012
A major feature of management in organisations is ongoing change.  Change itself has changed (see Gary Hamel's video on the home page of the MIX).
Hack by Jon Ingham on July 18, 2011
Leading by letting go addresses a fundamental mismatch of traditional vertical leadership approaches with the needs of knowledge workers who tend to ignore corporate hierarchy and need autonomy to unl
Hack by Vlatka Hlupic on April 26, 2012
This hack is a model designed on the facts: where we were, where have we taken the wrong turn and where do we go next, maybe towards a new model of enlightened capitalism, as a rupture in the world of
Hack by Alexandru Bodislav on March 11, 2012
Most companies have internal employee portals - the one where all employees are expected to or voluntarily sign in everyday. Here, it is easy to search for any employee (via their ID no.).
Hack by Joel Modestus on July 14, 2013
Create communities of practice in support of innovation – and don’t ask for permission to do so!
Hack by Marla Hetzel on July 14, 2013
In the Long-Term Capitalism Challenge, this challenge is presented:How do we eradicate the pervasive zero-sum mentality in business and embed the positive-sum view of stakeholder interdependence into
Hack by Tim MacDonald on May 17, 2012
Not new, but simple, cost-effective, underutilized.  Spans industries, levels of work, sectors.  Think "sandbox" (nod to former mentor): Within clear constraints of quality, quantity, time,
Hack by Mary Ann Lesperance on December 4, 2013
The FreeSpeak system is a simple but powerful method to force the organization to self-improve and become more competitive while eliminating reliance on management.
Hack by Matt Shlosberg on June 13, 2010
What if the way we rate people’s efforts and talents, too often kills initiatives and undermines trust?
Hack by Ellen Weber on October 31, 2010

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