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5 Tips to Stop Bureaucracy from Stifling Creativity in Your Employees

Stop Bureaucracy in Your Employees

As a business becomes more successful and grows larger, there is an inevitable movement toward bureaucracy. This is natural because a certain amount of bureaucracy is necessary to keep any business organised, especially as it becomes larger. However, this transition can be dangerous because it can stifle the very spirit of innovation and creativity that enabled the business to become a large organisation.

Here are five ways to keep your innovators and entrepreneurs happy and productive.

Let Innovators Continue to Innovate

It is natural to reward those who helped “make” an organisation with promotions to management. Unfortunately, the promotions are often to positions that don’t fully utilise the strengths and skills that helped the company grow. Don’t bog innovators down with managerial minutiae; put them in a position to continue helping your organisation succeed.

Be Careful of Bureaucratic Slowdown

Smaller organisations often succeed because of their alacrity and agility. The ability to anticipate needs and act fast in formulating solutions for bringing them to market can make the difference between an innovator and an imitator. Don’t allow bureaucracy to handcuff your innovators.

Retain Spontaneity

As an organisation grows, it often becomes an arduous task to obtain funds for projects. Even though there are more funds available, it often takes too long to allocate them. This can eliminate the short-term spontaneity that is essential in bringing innovative products and ideas to the marketplace.

Make sure that intrapreneurs have adequate control of funding for spontaneous projects.

Internal Networking

As an organisation grows, it tends to structure itself into silos of businesses, products and departments. This can destroy entrepreneurial and innovative spirit. Therefore, it is necessary to create a network that allows ideas to be exchanged across channels and throughout the organisation without being adversely affected by the silo structure.

Integral Development

At Integral Development, we offer leadership development programs and management courses from our Perth campus or at your workplace. Based on Ken Wilber’s Integral Theory, our courses encourage growth of the whole person in four quadrants that foster creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. We have found that collective individual growth produces a stronger organisation.

Call 1300 176 789 for more information.

Ron Cacioppe

Ron Cacioppe is the Managing Director of Integral Development and holds a BSc, an MBA and a PhD. He has taught in the Graduate School of Management at Macquarie University, Curtin University and the University of Western Australia.

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