March 14, 2007

If you empower dummies you get bad decisions faster!
– Rich Teerlink, former CEO of Harley-Davidson

Having been a witness to some havoc created by empowerment of dummies, I hit an instant emotional chord when I read these truly remarkable words of wisdom. You just can’t ignore the people aspect of your organization. How your organization or company fares depends on what kind of people you have. If you have monkeys you will get only peanuts. And if you have empowered monkeys, you will not even get your peanuts as they will devour it too!

So simple a fact it is, yet it eludes the thinking horizons of our leaders. And till the time this is the case, people would continue to be promoted to their level of incompetence.

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