Organizational self-management isn’t the right choice for every company and every leadership style at every point in time. Based on your score, your company struggles with change, and as a leader, you prefer to maintain certain levels of control over people and processes. In the wrong environment, organizational self-management can lead to chaos, and defeat its own purpose. Still, there are certain principles that can create small changes and position your business for a more modern management structure down the road.
Be crystal clear about your company’s purpose, your own purpose, and the purposes of those with whom you work. Encourage creative problem solving, and communicate the value each person adds to the organization. People work best when they are passionate about their work. They create and innovate at the highest level when they aren’t coerced into high performance, but freely make and keep commitments to others.
If your organization wants to get better at change and find its way towards self-management, here are some foundational things you can do to get started:
Visualizing how organizational self-management can work in practice is the greatest challenge most leaders will endure. Using the ideas and practices of self-management, many companies are now reaping the benefits thereof, and giving people their humanity back at work.
By re-integrating humanity—real human flourishing— into your organization, people can experience greater happiness and better teamwork.
If you’re ready to begin your journey to becoming a 21st-century enterprise with limitless power for growth, get your copy of Doug’s book, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Work or get in touch with Doug.