Ceding Power the Key to Success

Why do some organizations that are highly profitable seem to do it with such ease?  It’s like their employees are all on the same page. Is it because they’re in fear of the Owner? It’s quite the opposite. Here’s an excerpt about the Coach of the San Antonio Spurs Greg Popovich.

“Because the Spurs always seem so organized, it might be easy to assume that Popovich lords over his team and drills them incessantly. However, in an excellent back-and-forth with reporters before Tuesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, transcribed by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News (via PBT), the coach explained that he often leaves solving certain problems up to his players.

By realizing that he only has so much control over what happens on the court, Popovich has reached the reasonable conclusion that he must make his players especially confident that they can accomplish their goals without much outside help. He’s giving them ownership of the offense effectively by telling them that they are the ones responsible for winning and losing. He’s empowering his players, or at least allowing them in a position to grab that power if they want it.”  Yahoo Sports March 7, 2014


This may seem to be backwards to most and ultimately risking losing power. The Paradox of Power states that the more power you give, the more powerful you become, because it frees you to do other things that can be more productive. Plus the added benefit of associates feeling empowered helps the entire company.

So if you want to improve results, maybe giving up some of that power you hold could be the key. If this makes sense and you’d like to discuss in more detail, just reply to this Post or hit the Contact Us tab.

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