Today’s message is short and sweet:  If you want people to have initiative, then you have to let them exercise it.

A sure way to drive away a great employee is to promise that they’ll be given freedom to do great things, but then put up barriers every time they try something new.

Be honest with yourself:  How much and where do you REALLY want people to take initiative?  Then communicate and reinforce that.  And address the barriers and attitudes which are getting in the way.