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The Ultimate Goal Is More Control

When many key decision areas are delegated to a team, we call it a self-organizing team. When the key decision areas “Select Team Members” and “Reject Team Members” are delegated to the team, we call it a self-selected team. (The team selects itself, and we could call the property “team” an emergent phenomenon.)

When all key decision areas are delegated to the team, we call it a self-directed team or self-governed team. In this case, no management from outside the team is directing it. Like “100 percent code coverage” in software development, and “zero taxation” of my income, it is the ideal but unattainable situation. In practice, you will never achieve it. And as long you haven’t achieved it, you will be needed. However, the more you have delegated to others, the more teams you are able to manage, and the wider your span of control. And that is what most managers would love to achieve.

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