Rigid structures, processes and controls may be good for a factory, or a high risk environment, such as a mine or power plant, but not when there’s a need for creativity, innovation and ideas. Smart people need trust, opportunity and autonomy to flourish.
I thought this was old news, but directive and autocratic decision making is on the rise. Too many managers in too many organisations are managing people too tightly.
That this is an increasing phenomenon is hardly surprising when we live within such a tightly controlled, risk averse political system. Our political leaders are more interested in point scoring, combative behaviour and short term wins than on creating a competitive, sustainable nation.
We’re ruled by fear rather than hope, encouraged to assume the worst rather than expect the best.
What is the cost of such tight control, such fear? How can we benefit from the skills, expertise and talent of an increasingly educated workforce if we continue to lower our expectations of people?
What is the cost to us as a nation if we fail to capitalise on the brilliance, creativity, knowledge and opportunity that lies ready to be tapped into?