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:
- The whole team takes ownership, collective responsibility. Teams need to be motivated to take ownership.
- People feel used when assigned tasks, but when delegated responsibility, they flourish.
- 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.