Ah, that word, empowerment. A word overused, misused and probably meaningless more often than not. It immediately makes me think of the Dilbert cartoons. Employees being forced to wear badges that say ‘I’m empowered’, or being ordered to do pointless work and finding ‘empowerment’ in choosing the font for the report. Or more realistically, and worse, being ‘empowered’ to run an additional project with no extra resource. Empowered to run yourself ragged.
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What is behind the headlines is not the method... but the purpose
If you are doing these things for "empowerment" - you lose, it is seen for what it is... artificial
If on the other hand, these things are done because they are genuinely aligned to the values of the business, then big things happen
it’s not the action that is important (but that is often copied), but the intent
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