I like reading about people management. I often learn about new, at last new to me, concept which is totally hot these days. Good for me I think, I’ll learn a thing or two. The very recent one is about empowering teams.
Empower, that sound well, I guess. What should I do to empower the team? As it appears nothing new actually – I should give people authority to make their calls and painfully suffer from consequences. Is that such a novelty? Hell, no. I’ve learned that some time ago, but unfortunately I called it just good management. I just didn’t get there’s one of these buzzwords to name that.
Well, I might have simplified the definition, but depending on what you read you get different definitions anyway.
But then, wait, you can’t empower teams. What you may do, if you try hard enough, is to let people empower themselves. How to do that? Um, you have to give people authority to make their decisions and avoid undermining them. Isn’t that the same I understood as empowerment in the first place and as just a good management earlier? Oh, well.
Anyway it’s cool to know I’m already doing this thing-with-trendy-name. I may mix empowerment, inspiration and motivation though, as I was never good at naming things properly.
But you know what? Soon, we’ll hear about another thing managers should do with their teams, say kaboozling. Then we’ll hear we can’t kaboozle people and the only thing you can do is to let people kaboozle themselves. And at the end of the day it will be about giving people authority to make their decisions; about showing where they’re heading but not telling them, in a very detailed way, how they should make the very next step.
It will be about good management and/or leadership. You see? I’m not even sure myself anymore.
So next time I hear how I can’t motivate people and I should empower them, or how I can’t empower people and I should let them empower themselves or whatever I guess I’ll just kaboozle them. Should work well.