Today's Bizerm™ is “Slimpowerment".
Empowerment has been a buzzword in contemporary leadership for
more than a decade. Many feel it means giving an employee or team the
autonomy for making a decision. Yet giving responsibility for decision
making without fully training a team on the goals, objectives, and other
material and needed education resources is known as “slimpowerment”.
It is empowerment that slims down morale and negatively impacts the
This misconception dates back to the early days of empowerment at
General Motors. As the automaker was searching to harness the
experience of local workers and their daily working knowledge of their
specific job, “empowerment” was used to signify the new freedom they
would have in making decisions.
“That was just another failed program,” said one UAW worker at one of
GM’s Warren facilities. “They would get these warm and fuzzy
programs and think everything was going to turn around.”
True empowerment means providing the education and resources to
make correct decisions. At the same plant a new Global Management
System (GMS) program was introduced in the last decade. In GMS
employees are working as teams with the power to make decisions that
will impact the bottom line.
Nobody knows the nuances of a job better than the person doing it every
day. Once they are provided with the organizational goals and resources
they need they are able to attain the goals quicker and more consistently
through true empowerment.
Without knowing the measurement of success and having the mental
and physical resources to achieve triumph, the team has not been
empowered, it has been slimpowered.
Use this term for developing skills in these areas:
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