Why You Can’t Do Away With Power Structures, Only Change Them

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Why You Can’t Do Away With Power Structures, Only Change Them

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There are many misconceptions about self-management - but the one that’s quite persistent is that there is no structure and that there are no leaders in these organizations. However, that’s far from the ground reality. Organizations that choose the self-management route aren’t places of anarchy where everybody does whatever they want. There are power structures in these organizations too - but they exist in structures that are almost flat with very little layers.

Why Standing Up For What’s Right Builds Deeper Employee Engagement

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Why Standing Up For What’s Right Builds Deeper Employee Engagement

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Companies, like people, need to come with their own ethics - but it’s more important for them to follow through with them. When a company lives and breathes what it preaches, it not only encourages their employees to be a part of the ethical culture but also creates a strong foundation of trust in the company’s brand. Ethics are an important ingredient when it comes to a company’s efforts to create the right culture with the right kind of people. But, many companies, in their fight for growth and profit forget their core values and ethics, making it something abstract and to be upheld only on paper. When that’s the case, it creates a sense of disillusionment among employees and clients alike - a loss of trust that’s often irrevocable.

Why Nothing Happens Overnight - Especially, Self-Management

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Why Nothing Happens Overnight - Especially, Self-Management

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Agile as a concept might have once been the forte of the software industry. But now, industries across the board have realized the value of letting teams operate like micro-organizations that are autonomous and self-reliant. Today, there’s a huge repository of research that confirms the positive effects of allowing teams to self-steer, with minimal or no interference from the management. Agile teams help organizations respond faster and nimbly to the dynamic changes of today’s markets. Having busted through the proverbial bureaucratic red tape, agile teams can cut to the chase and solve problems as and when they emerge.

Dictatorship - The Real Secret Behind Democracy

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Dictatorship - The Real Secret Behind Democracy

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Human beings don’t like change, and in many ways working in a hierarchical organization is a comfortable way to work. People might passionately complain about the company structure or the methods of management. But, the hierarchy allows them to be free from taking up any real responsibility.It leaves them with neither the power nor the will to do anything about the sources of their woes. In a conventional organization, every day might be predictable and uninspiring too - but, there are no surprises pushing people out of their comfort zones. 

Can Staff Departments Truly Take A Step Back?

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Can Staff Departments Truly Take A Step Back?

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When you are moving from a traditional hierarchy to a more agile setup, it is important that teams learn to take ownership of problems. By empowering teams to solve their issues as much as possible, the organization can eliminate lethargy and create momentum. While this may seem counterintuitive, especially in areas which require specialist knowledge like finance or human resources (HR), there are many responsibilities that are parked under these areas in traditional setups that could be better handled by the teams themselves.  

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