TEMPLATE: Guiding Principles

Sure Guardrails for Fast, Excellent Decisions

Principles are sure guardrails for fast, safe decisions

Principles give life to Hands-Off Leadership. Teach good principles and your people can almost manage themselves. Principles give broad authority to ACT and take INITIATIVE, safely and effectively, within common-sense boundaries. This eliminates the need for constant approval and double-checking that would otherwise wear out both managers and workers.

As an example, see Twilio's simple Leadership Principles and their Nine Values, which will help create a culture of empowerment in their organization (as long as other elements of Hands-Off Leadership are in place, of course).

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Guiding Principles template for your company

RELATED ACTIONS

CHAPTER: "Give Authority, Not Tasks"

ACTION: Add Guardrails for Safe, Effective Decisions

​PRINCIPLES

Start creating your own list of guiding principles in a shared, collaborative document. These are NOT rules, they are time-tested, easy-to-remember realities that will guide their actions. Invite everyone in the organization to use that document and update it.

Use the template above as a starting point, and share the document with team members so they can participate.


ACTION: Divest the Power to Decide

Give more authority (power to decide and act on their own) to your teams and team leaders. The goal is to push authority to the people closest to the latest information, so they can act quickly and intelligently.

In your next meetings, talk to your teams and people. Clarify when team leaders have the power to "make the call." Ask them what they would like to be able to decide on their own that they don't think they can decide now. Update your Smart Chart to make it official.

Note: Giving full authority only happens at the STEP BACK level or higher on the Leadership Steps. In other words, STABILITY, CLARITY, and CAPABILITY need to be in place, and they need to start taking OWNERSHIP. Your job is to let go as fast as they can handle it. This is how your leadership success is measured.

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Kevin Crenshaw
 

Kevin, our approachable CEO, is the author of NEVERBOSS: Great Leadership by Letting Go. He's also a consultant, keynote speaker, Rapid Turnaround CEO, and creator of both Hands-Off Leadership™ and Total Relaxed™ Organization. He loves people, leadership, coaching, speaking, tackling tough problems, and physics, but not usually all at once.