Freedom without Anarchy

By Dale Vile

It is often said that an organisation’s greatest asset is its people. Many also believe that empowering employees through the delegation of authority and trust is an important enabler of innovation and productivity. But is there any evidence that a culture of empowerment actually does lead to better performance? And if so, given the level of dependence of the modern business on technology and information, what are the key enablers of empowerment from an IT and communications perspective? Should we just let users do their own thing?

Dale is a co-founder of Freeform Dynamics, and today runs the company. As part of this, he oversees the organisation’s industry coverage and research agenda, which tracks technology trends and developments, along with IT-related buying behaviour among mainstream enterprises, SMBs and public sector organisations.