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10 simple things every leader needs to stop doing

Mediafeed Logo By Guy Bell of Mediafeed | Slide 2 of 11: In business and in life, we are addicted to creating rules in response to “bad behaviors.” This addiction is accepted as normal and is reinforced throughout society. What is it actually accomplishing, though? Are we really obtaining better outcomes through more policies, rules, laws and governance? I don’t think so. Instead, we’re over-managing our kids, partners, employees and (no surprise), some of us are over-managing ourselves. My rule of thumb is this: Never create a policy to correct behavior. The more we allow this insidious creep of policies, the closer we come to killing our business. Instead of bureaucracy and policies, focus on removing the barrier for your team to take the right actions.

1. Creating policies to correct behavior

In business and in life, we are addicted to creating rules in response to “bad behaviors.” This addiction is accepted as normal and is reinforced throughout society.

What is it actually accomplishing, though? Are we really obtaining better outcomes through more policies, rules, laws and governance? I don’t think so. Instead, we’re over-managing our kids, partners, employees and (no surprise), some of us are over-managing ourselves.

My rule of thumb is this: Never create a policy to correct behavior. The more we allow this insidious creep of policies, the closer we come to killing our business. Instead of bureaucracy and policies, focus on removing the barrier for your team to take the right actions.

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