Building a Learning Organization – Part 2

Continuing our Building a Learning Organization series, we look at Empowering Teams in Part 2. If you missed Part 1, visit here to catch up! Empowering Teams Empowered teams are about getting the right groups of people together that buy into the vision of the company and want to make a difference (i.e. a group of engaged employees create empowered teams). Empowered teams are teams that have input and control over their work and the ability to openly share ideas and opinions to the organization as a whole. Empowered individuals and teams are usually the ambassadors of your company, the people that openly share about its success and failures, and share their ideas to empower others to create the environment they exist in. There are five ways to empower individuals and teams:

  1. Create an environment of open communication
  2. Clearly define roles and measurable goals
  3. Reward improvements
  4. Encourage failure
  5. Pass the torch of knowledge and context around what each employee does

Theodore Roosevelt said, “The best executive is the one who has sense enough to pick good men to do what he wants done, and self-restraint enough to keep from meddling with them while they do it.”

Empowered employees ask questions, are inspired and motivated by their leaders, and want to achieve excellence in whatever they do. We’ve got more on this topic, come back tomorrow for Part 3 of this series!

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