I very rarely read an article which I agree with all of it, but the article quoted below I definitely do. The need for organisational, team and individual strategy is very important but the licence and belief to divert from it when necessary is also crucial.

I have worked in organisations as described in this article where senior management pose these very questions - 'why don't people take some initiative', and I have heard the line 'show a bit of leadership'. The problem is that when people's job security revolves around ticking the boxes it takes a brave person to 'take the initiative' for a better result.

My view is that in these situations the desire for effective management is stifling the development of personal leadership. An old client of mine had a vision of building a workforce of problem solvers and I think this article sums up exactly that - develop a tactical plan and also develop workers who can adapt it for a better result.

Great article!