Gain autonomy over the four T’s.

When gaining autonomy over the four T’s, it is important to note that you and your entire organization must work to gain this autonomy. Basically, your organization should be structured around ensuring all employees gain autonomy over the four T’s. 

This autonomy will then enable you and everyone in your organization to find motivation from within—and thereby be able to produce better results.


  1. Gain autonomy over your task.
    You decide what you will make; you set your own goals. Extend this autonomy to your team members and/or employees, and discuss with them what goals your organization should work toward achieving.

  2. Gain autonomy over your time.
    To achieve success, you must focus primarily on results and secondarily on the time you and your organization spend on achieving those results. Forget tardy slips and time clocks. Instead, be flexible: Tailor your timings according to the tasks you need to complete, and allow those in your organization to do the same.

  3. Gain autonomy over your technique.
    A good example of gaining autonomy over your technique can be observed in the way Zappos, an online shoe retailer, runs its customer service system. Customer service employees are not required to use scripts, and their call times are unmonitored. This allows them to gain autonomy over their technique and deal with each situation as they deem fit.

  4. Gain autonomy over your team.
    Studies show that self-organized teams perform much better than teams consisting of externally assigned individuals.


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