This is a word I coined out of frustration and need.

The act of taking away the perceived or actual roadblocks so that people can get things done. A task of management. Or, a self-propelled personal improvement process.

Basically, it is next to impossible to "empower" someone, although the word is bandied about lots in he customer service improvement paradigms. (Read also Dilbert).

Alternatively, it is a LOT (read that "a great deal") easier to remove the perceived roadblocks. Interestingly, one can predict that low productivity workers will have a longer list of these impediments than high-performing people.

See also the article on roadblock management in the Resources section.

Go to an article called: Power-Up Your Organization for Maximum Retention

Go to an exercise on Managing Roadblocks

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