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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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A new perspective on human nature, particularly on human needs, allows us to develop a dynamic model of the organization and an integrated top-down-bottom-up approach to management.
Hack by Cristian Mitreanu on December 10, 2011
Can ethical consumption and the capitalist model coexist? It is currently accepted that consumption is a prevalent feature of the capitalist system.
Hack by Brad McKee on May 9, 2012
How we identified a 10-15 % productivity improvement potential among knowledge and interaction workers by using dedicated IT-tools and progressive management philosophies to enable and empower employe
Story by Mårten Keijser on June 9, 2013
The idea is to create a transparent value ecosystem, where organizational values (openess, innovation etc') get a numeric value (points)  that can be exchnaged between all steakholders, then simp
Hack by Yoni Assia on March 2, 2012
Non-compliance can be viewed as a ‘problem’ resulting in solutions which are hoping to resolve that ‘problem’.
Hack by Heidi De Wolf on July 17, 2013
GameChanger is a simple, flexible, and real-time innovation process run by an autonomous team at Shell that invests in helping people develop their novel ideas from genesis to proof of concept. 
Story by Russ Conser on January 7, 2013
Sometimes, a company's mistakes can be the best way to learn.
Story by Samantha Hager on March 20, 2017
In order to sustain long term growth, organizations need to constantly reinvent themselves. But reinventing requires constant change, which may be hard to implement.
Story by Matt Shlosberg on June 24, 2010
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

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