Autocratic vs Self-Managed Teams

The next time you form a team, consider this:  While both supervisor-led teams and self-managed teams can be just as productive, there is a one big difference.  Without the supervisor present, the supervisor-led team will stop being productive — they’ll simply reschedule the meeting for when the supervisor can be attend.  The self-managed team however, will continue to be productive because they have learned how to manage themselves and how to learn together.  The best approach is to get a new team off to a quick start by providing clear objectives and measures, but let the team decide how they will organize and get the results.

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