Step 3: Get Permission

Once you’ve decided that you want to go with self-selecting teams, you’ll have to convince others in the organization that it’s a good idea. You don’t just walk up and say “Hey, we want to do this” and then do it. Many people need to be convinced, and you’ll need to manage their expectations. 

It’s unlikely that you’ll get complete buy-in for self-selection from the outset. If you know you can, great. If not, you’ll have to start selling your idea and persuading the staff that self-selection is the right way forward.

Initial Buy-In May Be Difficult

Depending on where you are in the management hierarchy, you may find that seeking forgiveness after the fact, rather than asking for permission beforehand, is the best way forward. ...

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