Principles of Management

Difficulties in Empowering People

In empowering the people, managers allow them to make their decisions and involve them in everything that affects their organizations (Robbins and Coulter). It is, however, difficult to empower the employees mainly because of the breakdown in the organizational structure. When employees gain confidence in an empowered environment, they begin to assume that they can make even the most crucial decisions of the organization. Since it is difficult to create clear guidelines during the empowerment process, managers feel that they risk the possibility of breaking down the hierarchy in their organization which helps them to maintain control over their employees.

Goals draw a vision for people and the organization as a whole. Goals act as guidelines to help individuals make progress in their lives and in the activities of the organization. One key similarity between setting goals for other people and for oneself is that they draw a picture of the vision that people hold. All the goals focus on the future.

Setting goals for other people is always different from setting individual goals. When setting individual goals, people often factor in their weaknesses and look for ways to overcome them. However, when setting goals for other people, there is the assumption that they can achieve all the set targets. The people setting the goals do not factor in the weaknesses of the participants.

Reasons why Goals Fail

Goals fail when they are unrealistic. An unrealistic goal does not consider a given period or the ambition required to make it happen. It is solely build on the imagination of the individuals which is often exaggerated. For a goal to succeed, it must be time bound with specific and measurable steps that will help individuals meet it.



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