Compliance or Initiative?

March 12, 2010

Good post by Dave Kraft:

A compliance culture is old school. An initiative culture is new school. When it comes to job enjoyment, organizational morale and increased productivity, new school is better than old school; initiative better than compliance.

Compliance has to do with rules, regulations, policy and procedures. These are not bad in and of themselves, but when they dominate and lead to the slow death of personal initiative they are very much counter-productive and kill creativity and innovation, which are at the heart of any group or organization’s longevity. We need both/and. Top down to keep vision and values in place, and bottom up to generate new ideas and solutions to vexing problems and issues. Too much compliance kills imaginative initiative.

So – are you more interested in compliance or initiative?