The Gallup Organization developed The Measuring Stick, an assessment instrument to uncover what made some workplaces excel and others fall flat. Two of the core questions the Gallup Organization asks in its evaluation, “Do I have the material and equipment I need to do my work right?” And, “At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day?” So often a company decides that everyone will work from the same tool box and follow a predetermined script regardless of their talents.
To make this real, look at some trends inside schools. Teachers are working in classrooms with SMART Boards and some do not have the training or desire to use them while other teachers ask for access to the technology daily. Some educators are restricted from using an increasing array of online courses to supplement their classroom curriculum because approval of each website is needed in advance. Imagine a math teacher not being able to use the Khan Academy to supplement their student’s learning of mathematics, history or science. Some teachers are masters of designing and maintaining online newsletters, blogs, or webinars but not everyone needs to use the same tools to reach a shared purpose.
Does your enterprise provide clarity about the outcome but allow team members to innovate to reach the goal?