Misconception 3: No more decisions "from the top"
Category: (Mis-) understanding self-management
In the old model, all major decisions and initiatives came from the top. That must mean then in the new model, the top must hold back and let thing happen bottom up, right?
I've had conversations with top leaders of several organizations who started doing this. They held back. Stopped making decisions, stopped leading. The result wasn't what they were hoping for. The organization seemed confused and lifeless.
The problem with this way of looking at things is that we still reason in terms of "top" and "bottom". That's not self-management!
I believe that when we need to start reasoning in terms of "specific" and "broad" roles. And then a whole new perspective opens up, where everyone can be fully powerful. Including the former "top" leaders.
My hope is for the comments below the video to surface our collective wisdom on the topic. This could enrich the videos tremendously.
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