Recently, two people joined our company, now we are a total of five. Even tough, I encouraged them to take decisions by themselves, they all assumed they needed my approval to decide anything.
I didn't like that for two reasons:
First, I don't like being the boss who needs to decide it all. Being the one who decides, meant I spent most of m day in meetings, with the aim to decide things. After being the whole day in meetings and needing brain power to decide, I don't feel like I progressed with work that matters. I'm humble enough to know I don't know it best. They are all smart people, I do trust them and I'd like to encourage them to think things through, take responsibility and be courageous to take decisions.
Second, I don't believe that the hierarchical way is a smart way to structure an organisation in our complex times. I believe we need resilient and evolving structures. For that we need everybody to participate fully and share their wisdom.
When I needed to ask a boss for approval, I started thinking: What does he / she want me to do? Instead of: What makes the most sense in my opinion?
I gave away responsibility and cared less.
What is needed so people care about the outcome, take responsibility and decide?
Who of you has experience in building up a teal / self-organized / self-managed / sociocratic organization?