By “oversight” I mean rules or policies requiring that certain decisions and actions must be pre-approved. Too much oversight creates a bureaucracy that brings about numerous undesirable outcomes. But I think we can also agree that some degree of governance is necessary to enable an organization to effectively serve its various stakeholder groups. So how much is too much? Where’s the “Goldilocks zone” with respect to oversight?
This post is about a common situation. You find yourself with one or more new direct reports because: A) they’re new hires or incoming transferees, or B) you’re the new supervisor of an existing team. So who should adjust to whom? As usual, I don’t think I have the definitive answer, but it’s a question worthy of our attention.