How You Can Make a Change
If you’ve read this far and you’re cringing just a little because you recognise your business here, you probably need to make some changes.
Most businesses that are struggling with governance bloat didn’t get there intentionally. They were creating rules they thought they needed, to make things run smoothly. Usually, they were addressing a problem, whilst the layers kept adding up.
When you try to undo that, you will need to be intentional. Think about the shortest and easiest way to get from one task to the other and base your new processes on that. Instead of trying to police your employees by tying them up in rules, trust them to be responsible professionals, and to get the job done. After all, if you need to force your people to do their jobs right, you probably need new people!
Transformation takes time, especially when you’re trying to undo years of governance bloat and become more agile. But it will always be worth the time and energy you have to put into it. When you do, you’ll have a leaner, more productive organisation – and that’s better for your company and your customers.