1. Empowering with permission – but without action: It’s not empowering when people are given more responsibility, yet must still obtain an unreasonable number of approvals and sign-offs to get anything done. This signals a lack of trust.
2. Leaders focused on process instead of people: Leaders look to processes, not people, to solve problems and it doesn’t work. Where’s the inspiration, the vision? This signals a lack of humanity.
3. Overdependence on meetings: productive teamwork does not require meetings for every single action or decision. People become overwhelmed and ineffective when they are always stuck in meetings.
4. Lack of (clear) vision
5. Management acts as judge, not jury: If the purpose of a meeting is to think, create, or build, management has to stop tearing people down when they propose new ideas or question the status quo. This signals a lack of perspective and openness.
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