Give freedom plus responsibility

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T.A. McCann, vice president of research and development at Research in Motion (RIM), advises letting your people run their own show.

In a video from this year’s SXSW Interactive conference, he recommends:

1. Making everyone CEOs. Ask: “What is it you want to do? What do you need from me to get it done?” Then give them the tools and freedom.

2. Holding them accountable. Once a team says, “We’re trying to accomplish X,” ask how long that will take and hold them to it. “I don’t care when you work or where you work or even how long you work,” McCann says, “as long as you get it done.”

3. Keeping teams small and agile. Instead of enforcing your own organizational preferences, let employees create a system. “Let the system evolve in an agile way—not a top-down sort of way,” McCann says.

— Adapted from “RIM’s T.A. McCann on how to manage others effectively,” Doris Nhan,  SmartBlog on Leadership.

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