Chuck Blakeman’s article looks at how successful companies have been run in an attempt to explore the benefit of self-managed teams working towards an outcome, rather than having a manager delegating tasks. He poses the question: ‘Could you build a business around teams of people who have no manager and who report to no one? He suggests the following themes for a business to thrive.

The key themes are:

  1. The whole team takes ownership, collective responsibility. Teams need to be motivated to take ownership.
  2. People feel used when assigned tasks, but when delegated responsibility, they flourish.
  3. This is a very simple model to implement. Refer to the article for the eight steps to successfully implementing this way of working

The evidence shows that self-managed teams results in happier and more loyal workforce with great outcomes.