Managers unwittingly add to office complexity

08/17/2010 | Harvard Business Review online

Many managers have a knack for creating overly complex work environments, even if they don't mean to, Ron Ashkenas observes. Even a small task such as a financial update can quickly snowball into a major production as more people get involved, he writes. The solution? Acknowledge that you may be the source of complexity, and make an effort to help your team root out unnecessary work, he advises.

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