Empowerment 

Building Empowerment - Understanding (and avoiding) BurnOut - What to do with my Team

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Louis Ferdinand Celine

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KEY MESSAGES

The flood of processes hides the lack of resources to DO things

 

Rational Talent management is a myth

 

Burn-out cases are hidden but more and more common

 

Our fragmented view of the world (Taylorism) makes us blind to people’s reality

 

Love doesn’t exist, only proofs of love (Cocteau)!  Where are the proofs of empowerment?

 

It's not about freedom, nor authority, it’s about autonomy to take initiatives

 

In an orchestra, the conductor is the only one who doesn’t make music ;-) He/she has to empower his team and lead them to contribute when needed

 

The smallest contribution is part of the whole

 

Burn-out comes from the discrepancy between what is expected from you (Demand) and your lack of Resources

 

Keeping up the balance is key!

It takes a long time to play like yourself 

Miles Davis

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KEY MESSAGES

Power is NOT Hierarchy (See Chapter 1)

 

Power is about controlling something that others value

 

You have more power than you think

 

Check your reality by figuring out how your organisation is really operating, behind the rules & procedures... You’ll discover more room for manoeuver as you think

 

Definition of Empowerment: Giving power to people, consist of giving anyone the tools and methods to analyse their organisation (and thus find the room to manoeuver)

 

Then, it’s all about the possibility to DO something

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I sense much fear in you

YODA

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CONCLUSION

KEY MESSAGES

It’s about autonomy and decision making on resources.  We don’t see that often on the field

 

(Lack of) Empowerment is key to explain the phenomenon of BURN-OUT

 

Discrepancy between what you have to achieve (Demand) and your - poor - Resources

 

Stop deciding alone, on behalf of people.  If you do this with your teenagers at home... what will happen next?

 

Stop telling people WHAT & HOW they should do

 

Build the WHAT together ​(see the concept of ‘back-brief’ in the army)

 

Let them take the initiative of the HOW, based on the shared intention / mission

When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower

A Den Heijer

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