The African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” has been shortened to “It takes a village” and often refers more generally to the now well-accepted truth that it takes more than one of us to accomplish anything of genuine significance.
“All of us are (usually) smarter than one of us. Crowdsourcing has demonstrated this truth in many ways. From Wikipedia to finding untapped veins of ore to locating a good moving company, the reality of collective intelligence is hard to ignore.
“The most knowledgeable, super-intelligent person on earth still only knows an infinitesimal amount compared to the sum of human knowledge.
“If you want to be a smarter leader: Stop trying to make all the decisions on your own and tap into the power of your team.
“The people with the most up-to-date knowledge for whatever your organization does are not the managers – they are the people doing the work.”
Huzzah! I can hear employees all over the nation applauding Dye’s last statement: the people in the trenches are the ones who know the most about what’s going on, and what needs to be going on, in your workplace.
Heed them. Ask your employees for their thoughts on how to make things better, what they need, how they think resources could be obtained, customers more satisfied, the lot.
You will not only benefit from the answers, you’ll have happier, more productive, more engaged, employees.