I’ve been very lucky to have worked at some companies where management believed in the people they hired, valued their opinions and used everyone’s input for many decisions that were being made. I’ve also seen the complete opposite, where management believes that employees are not to be trusted, and should be limited in terms of their freedom to move. That’s not just figuratively speaking: I’ve seen literal examples where offices were locked down with security systems, entry cards, cameras and guards like it was a maximum security prison. I’ve seen the inside of a real prison (as a visitor), as well as the corporate “prison” (as an inmate), and neither of those environments bring out real creative juices. Cells or cubicles, in a way they’re the same: we’re all trapped on the inside.
I believe in true freedom for all people. That probably was obvious given the title of my Freedom Project book series. I’ve told many managers that if they felt the need to control and “lock down” their teams too much, they probably had a problem with their door policy. If you interview and hire the right people, you’ll find there’s no need to control them that much.
If you’re a micro-manager, you probably don’t have a clue how every role in your team is supposed to be fulfilled. Be honest with yourself. How many forms and procedures do you fill out, or create, that you don’t really understand? Do you know what every piece of information is being used for? Have you ever struggled with a tax return trying to figure out what the real question behind the question was? Did you wonder why the question was being asked in the first place, so you could give the appropriate answer?
Many of those forms and processes we duplicate into our own work life, without really understanding why we have to complete them in the first place, what good it brings, or what purpose it serves. Ask any factory worker over a couple of drinks about their honest opinion and they’ll let you know. And still entire departments are employed to create programs, forms and processes, and their effect still isn’t there. Every once in a while oil leaks, planes crash, and people get injured and die doing what they didn’t love doing to begin with.
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