Teams or “SDWTs”
The trend nobody can
Fueled by the successful though controversial
techniques of Jack Welch at GE, in the early 1990’s we started seeing the “Self-Directed Work Teams” trend as a
very strong synergy that has been proving itself very successful and sensible once and again. Welch’s approach
saved General Electric from switching from the productive scenario that they keep championing, to the dusty
history books. No gentle remedies or traditional medicine would have done it without Jack’s surgeon skills. Hats
off to him. Time has been a catalyst for this new management style; the process has matured big time, and people
are getting used to it while they support and understand it more all the time.
The thought is simple: a Hundred of aligned
brains and spirits do better than one. Feeling trusted is a very positive sensation that people value and
perhaps this fact is what makes most people perform much better in a self-directed work team than the
traditional Boss governed systems.
The conservative dominant minds had reached a
status of paralysis in management groups. There was the confusion of power as the having all the
responsibilities on the shoulders of a few. The new thought has revolutionized the way of doing business and
will keep the enterprise spirit alive, since all the associates share the feeling of ownership and
Self-directed work groups are the result of
increased commitment from everyone in a team. True: people at all levels must adapt to this drastic (sometimes
even painful), mindset change, but if they do not, more jobs will be lost and many more companies will be
Whatever the industry or profit margin ranges,
the adoption of this new management style will strengthen the organizations and increase the happiness and
positive work environments everywhere.
Some cautions must be considered though:
Empowerment should never come before the appropriate training.
Hierarchies will still need to exist within the group and the main difference is a “partners” treatment instead
of any “top-down” style. The best configuration is that of several SDWTs working as customers and suppliers of
each other inside the organization, assuring the top quality specifications and
Our motivational approach has been substantial
in the success of our customers’ results. Usually a few teams suffice to get the ball rolling and a good
coordinator can keep the involvement strong and productive. The results can be seen from the first training
session, and the participants enjoy the improvement. This is what makes the process endure any challenges that
may come from the non-informed. We can come and do an assessment at no fee so that you can make an informed
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