I had an interesting thought today while testing paint in my home: Is Empowerment Real?
I went to Lowe’s and purchased some sample paints and slapped a few on the wall to get a peek at what the results would truly be. Really, this is the only way to know and I was struck by a thought … if my kids had painted the walls without permission what would my reaction be?
It is our house, we are in this world together, and we are committed to this journey in life together. As such, if one of them would have painted the walls without permission I should be happy, I should be impressed, I should be ecstatic and they should not be in trouble. But would that be the case?
Similarly, if an employee directs company resources without permission is that safe? Can an employee ever be expected to direct in the right direction? How can we empower employees and how can we all share a common communal vision? How can we all work together, be empowered, and have results we can all be happy?