I can find lots of articles and information about how wonderful the "entrepreneurial gap" is for stimulating creativity and innovation, and how to do it (increasing "span of influence" and decreasing "span of control"), but I find nothing about intended duration, warning signs its not working, risks, and how to determine when it is NOT a best practice.
My specific questions are:
Can an "Entrepreneurial Gap" go on for too long?
What are some specific indicators that it ISN'T working and either span of control or span of influence needs adjustment?
What are some factors that would contraindicate the creation of an "entrepreneurial gap" as a viable option to increase productivity/success?
Are there risks involved? Is employee burn-out and frustration a risk? How can it be mitigated?
I'm asking because I suspect a long time ago (ten years) a leader who is long gone implemented this at my company, and due to nearly constant reorganizations, realignments, and "focus shifting" which has shuffled several leaders in an out and has resulted in my department being tossed about like a hot potato, or a "red headed step child" (no personal offense to the red haired folk or those with blended families intended!) We are now desperately understaffed and have become siloed (which is the opposite of the intended effect.) We suffer from "bad management" now, but it hasn't always been this way, and I don't think anyone foresaw how bad things could get.
I am working with two others in my department to come up with a plan to rebuild it. We've hit rock bottom, and we have yet another new leader coming in and another re-org has just kicked off. We're hoping that we can ride the wave of upheaval and use it as an opportunity to turn things around, starting with the staffing problem (understaffing is not the only trouble here-its just the most glaring offender.) I'd like to understand this theory better, but know literally NO ONE who even knows what it is, let alone has any experience (good or bad, from a leadership or employee perspective.) I think the conversation might be more productive if I and my team members can see this from "the view from the top" perspective, and tune our evidence/facts accordingly.
This is my first question here-please forgive any errors in form/content.
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