At toll booths, boom barriers reflect the behavior of most organizations out there.
Employees approach with ideas, advancements, experiments, wild bets at the toll booth.
Someone, supposedly capable but mostly simply a checker, is siting. Accepts some form of exchange – money in real world, ideas, presentations, data in organizations.
And the boom barrier is raised. Allowing for the employee to go past.
Before lowering itself again for the next employee.
Day in and day out – the same “process”. Multiple booths, multiple checkers, multiple employees. But all allowed one a time.
And then someone decided to introduce tags.
Something you do (upfront payment in the real world) fetches you a badge. Where you don’t seek permission anymore. The boom barrier is never lowered on you. Till you keep paying that payment.
Unfortunately, just as real world, less than 5% of the universe eve gets this tag. 95% still go through this painful sequential process.
It’s ironical – the toll road was built for a speedy, unrestricted passage. And then someone, to establish importance and authority, choked the system at the toll booth.
As a founder/CEO/manager – while you constantly aim to build toll roads, ask yourself how many toll booths are you also adding.
What will it take to give everyone a tag?
What will you give up? And what will you gain?
Does your organization really need a boom barrier?