Wonderful — thanks for this short comment.
I also see confusion around autonomy with … ah, well anarchy or total randomness in decisions.
Two comments that spring to mind:
- “We can’t ask their help — we are supposed to be autonomous” (a team at a recent client). Well, autonomous is not isolated either. It just means that we govern ourselves.
- In this excellent video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqmdLcyES_Q) David Marquet summarizes the thought of autonomy in a nice way “If you think that people are running around doing whatever you have the wrong idea. They are acting as if the CEO is standing next to them. … And if they don’t make the decision you expected it’s actually a better decision! Because they are closer to the information”
Sounds a bit harsh maybe but I interpret it as when we are sharing values and goals the autonomous teams (or individual people) will act as the CEO expected. Or better.
Great post — thanks a lot