Author: Doug Kirkpatrick
Empowerment programs swept through corporate America in the last two decades. Unfortunately, bolting empowerment programs onto existing power structures often led to the appearance of empowerment–without the actual power. Going beyond empowerment means that people have all the power they need from the very moment they join a company–regardless of the level of responsibility or complexity. They are immune from threats or coercion. They are free to seek any needed resources and relationships on their own initiative. And they are held fully accountable for results by themselves, their colleagues and the organization’s mission.
Evan’s Review: While controversial (and I certainly don’t agree with all of it), this is one of the most innovative approaches to business management and staff empowerment I have read. Built around the idea that individuals can be truly accountable in their work, Beyond Empowerment is a must read for any business leader looking for new ways to operate. I would love to see more case studies and practical implementation suggestions.
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