Well-designed guidelines don’t stifle freedom. They nurture it, by giving a clear sense of where your organisation is going.
Freedom and control are too often seen as a trade off – a zero-sum game, oscillating between extremes. Yet guidelines aren’t the death of freedom if they’re well designed and implemented. They actually support and nurture freedom by giving people a clear, positive, galvanising sense of where the organisation is trying to go. Writing for Harvard Business Review, Ranjay Gulati calls this “freedom within a framework”.
WHAT IS FREEDOM?