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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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 As we’ve learned over the last several years, from Richard Florida’s Creative Class to Daniel Goleman’s Emotional Quotient, the soft skills and organizational skills are the most valuable to the
Hack by Ross Smith on July 10, 2011
The status quo business model assumes that companies create products and sell them to customers.
Hack by Matt Shlosberg on October 12, 2010
The Industrial Age was primarily rules-based leading to procedures. The Information Age is primarily principles-based leading to creativity and innovation.
Hack by George Kobak on February 23, 2015
The so-called shift to knowledge work was actually a shift from prefigured to configured working activities.  It brought with it a shift in the locus of control over the worker's activities - fro
Hack by Fred Nickols on July 11, 2011
The Ideate Framework™ is a self-organizing and adapting system that empowers people to flexibly meet business goals. 
Hack by Dave Duggal on July 18, 2011
Bureaucracy today has become a disreputable word for us, but bureaucracy was born out of a need to manage resources as organizations progressively became larger in scope.
Hack by rahul kumar on December 1, 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
In order to reinvent management, we have to replace the root cause of its current function. One of these root causes is the fact that manager's job is to create wealth for shareholders.
Hack by Matt Shlosberg on September 5, 2010
The days of management are over.
Hack by Debabrat Mishra on May 17, 2010

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