At IRM Safety we’ve already had a prime example of how traditional command and control fails to work, with one of our clients. A large organisation with several locations and a silo mentality. Each department on each location ‘does their own thing’, so there are virtually no connections between them. Lack of shared knowledge had resulted in problems not being identified and, therefore, not able to be resolved. The cost has been an audit that should not have been necessary and processes that now have to be ‘reinvented’ in each location to not only meet the internal and external compliances, but to address the issues that are only just being discovered after years of ineffective operation.
A book published recently (The Secrets of CEOs by Steve Tappin and Andrew Cave) says that the way forward is to take a close look at how the internal teams in your organisation operate. They advise ditching command and control and embracing total transparency. In fact, the recommendation is to develop fellowship within the organisation – something that Molly Harvey (www.thesoulwoman.com) has been promoting very successfully for some years now.
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