I’ve been in the workforce and management long enough that I’ve seen a bunch of situations and different kinds of people by now. While the majority of my experiences have been positive, there have been instances where I’ve seen or heard of people in their workplace displaying a lack of integrity or honesty. I could see how it could cause a company to tighten up on policies and procedures to try to ensure they are protected. I can also see how going through or hearing of these situations repeatedly could make someone cynical. Sadly the norm is for employers to not fully trust their employees and to exert a certain amount of control over them to make themselves comfortable. While I understand this may be the path many companies choose, it doesn’t work for me. I choose empowerment and trust.

I am lucky to be surrounded by colleagues that are great at their roles and that are empowered to carry things out to their fullest abilities. In my experience, people perform best when they are trusted with autonomy and empowered to make decisions within their role. The majority of the time, the company gets exceptional performance from these empowered individuals and reaps the rewards from their productivity. Occasionally, someone takes advantage of their autonomy and blows the trust that was given to them. As painful as that can be, I consider it a cost of striving for greatness. I’d rather be part of a great company with employees that are trusted with autonomy, than to be mediocre but have control over everything. I choose trust and empowerment.

About the Blog: Culture Counts is a blog devoted to the discussion of law firm culture and corporate core values. Frequent topics include positive work environment, conscious capitalism, entrepreneurial management, positive workplace culture, workplace productivity, and corporate core values

About the Firm: Klemchuk LLP is an Intellectual Property (IP), Technology, Internet, and Business law firm located in Dallas, TX. The firm offers comprehensive legal services including litigation and enforcement of all forms of IP as well as registration and licensing of patents, trademarks, trade dress, and copyrights. The firm also provides a wide range of technology, Internet, e-commerce, and business services including business planning, formation, and financing, mergers and acquisitions, business litigation, data privacy, and domain name dispute resolution. Additional information about the IP law firm and its IP attorneys may be found at www.klemchuk.com.

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