WWIF #2: Giving Implicit Permission, Instead of Requiring Explicit Approval

In support of abductive logic—the logic of what could be—I'll be posting a question for your consideration on the weekly feature: Wednesday What IF?

Lengthy and overly bureaucratic approval processes often inhibit innovation and entrepreneurial thinking.  While some decisions and resource allocations certainly require more exhaustive or detailed reviews, many don't.

What if your organization flipped the approval process and granted implicit permission for certain decisions/experiments UNLESS they meet certain criteria?

In other words, the green light is automatically given unless an individual's idea requires ________ (fill in the blank with your own criteria. 

Instead of making people ask for permission, give permission upfront to unleash individual self-direction and contributions to your organization's strategic and tactical aspirations.


Previous WWIF posts:

What if associations let members pay annual meeting registrations or dues in multiple-year increments (i.e., three-year dues or three-year annual conference registration)?