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The Green Stamp

An approach to figure out who owns projects and actions

In your organization, business, or life, who has the green stamp?

The green stamp is the special “mark of approval” required to move forward with something important.

The green ink isn’t so important. It’s the stamp itself — and who has it.

Usually, we skip the step to figure out WHO has the green stamp and WHAT criteria is being used before its given. So instead of doing the hard work to figure out the WHO and WHAT, we walk around making decisions we thought we were allowed to make . . . only to figure out we really didn’t have the green stamp.

Some bosses like to keep the green stamp locked up and out of sight because it gives themselves a feeling of authority and control. Great leaders give the green stamp away. They let others get things done based on criteria that makes sense for the project.

Your job — no matter where you are in your organization — is 1) to figure out who has the green stamp, 2) define the criteria, and 3) figure out how you can give the green stamp away.

If our personal preferences drive everything we do, massive growth can’t happen.

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