The world at the moment seems a mess. Lot’s of despair and difficulty — and the news is laden with diplomatic and military discussions of Ungoverned Spaces — and the dissatisfaction and dissent that flourishes in them.
That got me thinking about Ungoverned Spaces in business — both on a personal level where interactions take place without established rules and rulers — and in the businesses we work with each week in our investment or our consulting firm.
What are the things that people do that really bug me — and — have I ever spoken out to establish a different set of rules or behaviors — or have instead left this ungoverned?
What of the problems we’re seeing are the result of a workforce or work process that’s ungoverned — no man’s lands, or processes that we never looked at as chained together that way?
Is there a way to re-organize work, duties or reporting relationships to strengthen governance and brighten up the grey spaces of leadership?
Ungoverned is different from poorly governed. One implies a void whereas the other implies a weak hand or effort.
If dissent and dissatisfaction really do fester and flourish in ungoverned spaces — what are the ungoverned spaces in your business and what can you do to minimize their geography?