Greg’s victory was accidental. In normal circumstances he would be presented with a protocol to observe, but because nobody knew much about computers or networking, he was given freedom and no clear goal. The same, no supervising strings guided his actions, leaving him at liberty to choose methods, sources of information and time frames. Favourable position let him to uncover the biggest organisational myth, saving the department (and taxpayer) millions. It could not happen if Greg focused on one selected element of the database’s functionality, supplying feedback to one selected person, then announcing amended (fitting into schematic mentality) findings to one selected forum.
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Greg had his moment of glory once – a moment which proved to him the impact of unleashed autonomy. Namely, he was asked to evaluate a database used to collect clinical data of all pregnant women treated in the city’s public sector. He was aware about that intranet marvel, because each meeting’s agenda sported a point dedicated to it. However, apart from hearing vague announcements (“Everything is going well!”; “The recent coding glitch has been fixed, bravo!”; “We have extended the network to the northern suburbs, hurray!”), he had never had a chance to see even a screenshot of the program’s interface.
Greg likes to do things in solitude, finding isolation perfect to design life as he wants it.
Interfering with such undisturbed flow of thoughts makes Greg unimaginative, unhappy, grumpy, weakened. It happens when a presumably conscientious supervisor enforces certain restrictions on Greg: time frames; a designated cubicle to sit and ponder; a specific document format, in which suggestions should be presented (on a specific day of the specific week of the month); prescribed vocabulary to use; consultations of findings with a special assessing panel (consisting of special assessors).