Aligned Empowerment - Could it become a Buzzword

Author: 
Jim Austin
Date Published: 
11/04/2002

Sit down with today’s manager and get into a discussion about “empowerment” and see what kind of reaction you get.  Generally a yawn, right?  You might get a shrug, a nod, or maybe even rolling eyes but it would probably be a rare day to find anyone getting genuinely exited about such a dated topic.  While the word "empowerment" may no longer be in vogue, the “concept” behind empowerment remains strong. Empowerment is a basic staple of good management and in a growing number of organizations power is shifting from managers to employees.  Jim's article discusses empowerment and how to ensure that empowerment is "aligned" through information sharing.

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