Summary of How Too Many Rules at Work Keep You from Getting Things Done

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Rule followers are easy to evaluate and manage, but if you want creativity, throw out the rulebook.


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Business experts love the mantra “what gets measured gets done.” But at what expense? According to consultant Yves Morieux, metrics, management layers and processes in the quest for clarity and accountability have reduced people’s willingness and ability to innovate and collaborate. Instead, they focus only on the measured activities. getAbstract recommends this healthy perspective to business leaders looking to improve their organizations’ work environment.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why productivity rates have dropped steadily since the 1970s
  • How management’s quest for clarity and accountability inhibits cooperation
  • How organizations can promote collaboration


Work productivity has steadily been dropping in advanced economies. In the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, it averaged around 5% growth per year, fell to 3% per annum between...
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Organizational consultant Yves Morieux is a senior partner and managing director of the Boston Consulting Group.

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