Are Your Brain Cells Aligned and in Working Order?

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  1. Louw Burger says:

    All true. But make sure you follow the steps. before empowerment comes another e-word – EQUIPPING. Tom Peters includes Controls in his Thriving on Chaos masterpiece after he spells out Customer Focus, Innovation, Leadership etc. A leading SA bank discovered many, many loan lossses after empowering their managers to make loans without equipping them to make sound credit decisions. So, teach your people to think for themselves and blossom but the business baby must not follow the bathwater down the drain. Not easy.

    • johanhburger says:

      Quite true. It never is easy to get your people to think. And it does not mean that you do take out all control measures. It is a long process where you start with growing and training your people. Some things are not negotiable. the German army developed a philosophy called “auftragstaktik” – mission-oriented tactics. The purpose was to get their men – officers and other ranks – to think for themselves and deal with the situation presented to them, within the parameters of the commander’s intent. It also requires you to help your people develop into becoming double and even tripple-loop learners, where you start questioning the paradigm as well.

  2. Abel says:


    I totally agree with you. There is one thing though that is more difficult than thinking. It is to write down what you are thinking in a correct, clear and concise manner. In SA, in particular, we don’t have enough people who share what they are thinking with those around them by writing it down. How many books are being written in SA by those who lead and manage? And yet, we as South Africans need to share our successes and experiences of leading and managing in a complex environment with those in the rest of the world. We don’t do that.

  3. carl says:

    Good reading…I find that “thinking for yourself” is like becoming fit, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Where I am, people are not accustomed to think for themselves and unfortunately, because one becomes so involved and consumed in… and by, day to day activities, one do not find the time to “train” them to think. This also implies that creativeness is lost, as most “thinking” is focused on reactive thoughts and not really proactive? To cut a long story short, optimised managing is not for sissy’s!