Too much structure, process, and regulation strangles any endeavor. Too little limits growth and, ultimately, everyone’s happiness. Just the right amount makes things easier, speeds our work, and sustains growth and happiness; it forms a strong foundation for our work.
Our job, as leaders, is to ensure that the right level of systems are in place. How to tell when we have enough? It can be hard to say. Each organization needs different levels at different times. Here are three guidelines to help: keep it as simple as possible but no simpler, build systems to support the work rather than control the workers, know and follow relevant regulations (e.g. health and safety, privacy, governance, and accounting rules).
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