Input/Process/Output for Empowerment

Empowerment is a process. As with any other process, it has inputs and outputs. The cyclic process of empowerment cannot be executed without employees, leaders, and systems aligned with the goals of empowerment. Both employees and leaders want to know “what’s in it for me?” and the empowerment process produces results describing that.

REQUIRED

PROCESS CYCLE

RESULTS

Trustworthy Employees
  • Build Trust
  • Communicate
  • Delegate
  • Manage Resources
  • Mentor & Coach
  • Motivate
  • Develop
  • Track Results
  • (Repeat)
Self-Determination: Freedom; Independence; Discretion
Leaders Meaning: Care about the work; Doing something important
Supporting Culture: Processes; Structure; Skills; Style; Systems; Symbols Competence: Confident of their ability; Want to grow
Impact: Active participation; Influence company success

(“Results” from MacShane, 2005, p. 191)

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Give ’em Something to Hate

Most people find getting started, that first step, as the hardest part. It’s scary. You’re putting yourself and your ideas “out there” for review and potential ridicule. Although the same principle applies to any creative endeavor, it seems most difficult when considered in the context of writing

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Zao Tzu

You are going nowhere until you start moving. Of course, the journey will take unexpected detours and side-trips before it’s done. That doesn’t matter. It’s not even a journey until you start. So, put something on the page. Let’s see where it takes us.

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Integrated Team Formation and Development

So, you bring 15 people together and call them a team. They’re a team, right? Probably not.

Katzenbach and Smith tell us that “a team is a small number of people with complementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, performance goals, and an approach for which they are mutually accountable.” That doesn’t happen automatically. It requires some hard work.

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