Fast Company recently
5 Ways that process can kill production in your organization
- “Empowering”…but loads of approvals and red tape. It is not empowering to be given more responsibility, but still be required to get countless approvals and sign-offs to get things done. This communicates a lack of trust.
- Focused on process instead of people: By trying to standardize everything, leaders often strip out personalized approaches and look to processes to solve problems–which rarely works. This communicates a lack of humanity.
- Death by meetings: Productive teamwork does not require meetings for every single action or decision. This wastes valuable time and communicates that politics have overtaken productivity.
- Lack of (clear) vision: Great organizations need a grand vision and important goals. When a vision or mission statement is loaded with jargon but devoid of meaning it signals a lack of purpose.
- Management as judge, not jury: If the purpose of a meeting is to think, create, or build, squashing people when they propose new ideas or questions should be kept to a minimum. Otherwise, this signals a lack of openness.
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