Company Culture — the Power of Empowerment and Self Determination

Big Red Car here.  Lovely cool morning here in the ATX.  Just lovely in the mid 60s and going to be sunny today.  Hey, that house sitter drove the Hell out of a Big Red Car yesterday.  All the way out to Marble Falls and back.  I am beginning to like that young punk.  Haha, Big Red Car, do not call The Boss’s little pal a “young punk”.

OK, sayeth the Big Red Car.

So we have been beating our gums about Company Cultures.  Go see what we have said thus far here — The COMPANY CULTURE Series.  Some good stuff there.

Self determination

A powerful element of any company governance (and thus the development of a robust Company Culture) is the formation of task forces to deal with specific issues — such as the company’s health care program.

These task forces represent a huge opportunity for an enlightened company — and what company would admit to not being enlightened, haha, very funny Big Red Car — to use the brain power of its teammates to deal with a problem and to delegate specific powers to them.

This empowerment through self determination is an indicator of a mature management and a robust Company Culture.

It is a very good thang, sayeth the Big Red Car.

Opportunities for the exercise of self determination

There are a great number of opportunities for self determination in the startup or small to medium company environment.

Examples might be the following:

1.  The determination and policies pertaining to specific company benefits;

2.  The planning and execution of company events, festivities and gathering;

3.  The maintenance, updating and renovation of the company’s physical plant; and,

4.  The review and updating of company policies.

These are just a few examples.  Want to start a riot, ask the folks what color to paint the company headquarters.

The outcomes

Done correctly this exercise in empowerment will have the following salutary benefits:

1.  The folks will like to control their own destinies and will appreciate the opportunity to do so;

2.  Folks from departments which do not routinely come into contact with each other will have the opportunity to work together on something which will have a positive impact on the Company Culture;

3.  Leaders will emerge and be recognized; and,

4.  The trust between management and the team will be strengthened.

Empowerment as evidenced by self determination is a critical element in the development of a robust Company Culture.

But, hey, what the Hell do I know anyway?  I’m just a Big Red Car.