Gary Hamel – First, let’s fire all the managers
In het Rijnlandse praktijkboekje verwijzen Jaap en Mathieu naar het artikel “First, let’s fire all the managers” van Gary Hamel. Voor diegenen die het nog niet gelezen hebben en wel geïnteresseerd zijn, heb ik het artikel toegevoegd.
Om het lezen te stimuleren heb ik maar eens het volgende tabelletje gemaakt:
Employees are proactive because they have the freedom to act. They are also willing to help colleagues because it increases their reputational capital.
Self-management doesn’t suit everyone. Employees who’ve worked all their lives in hierarchical organizations may not be able to cope.
Because everyone is responsible for the quality of his or her work, employees are forced to invest in developing their skills.
It takes time to fit in. New employees may need a year or more to become fully functional in the system.
Employees respond rapidly, coming together in teams to tackle challenges and to experiment with new ideas.
If employees fail to deliver a strong message to colleagues who don’t meet expectations, self-management can become a conspiracy of mediocrity.
Backstabbing, politicking, and sycophantic behaviors drop dramatically when employees stop competing for promotions.
Though Morning Star continues to grow faster than the industry average, they are wary of diluting the company’s culture—a concern that makes them reluctant to acquire companies. Although Morning Star has been looking for ways to expand, it has so far resisted the urge to trade away its management advantage for even faster growth.
By pushing expertise down to the front lines, rather than escalating decisions, self-management promotes smarter, faster decisions.
Without a corporate ladder to climb, employees find it difficult to evaluate their progress relative to peers. that can become a handicap when someone wants to switch companies.
Few employees leave to join rivals, and even temporary workers are dedicated to the organization.
Having no managers reduces head count and wage costs. The savings can be used to pay better salaries to everyone and to fuel growth.