Second, we must offer people a playfield in which they have freedom to act.
We create alignment around the intent by developing a common shared understanding rather than tight control, and give people an area of freedom within which they can take decisions about what action to take. That is their playfield.
Everyone needs to be encouraged to go and use all the space on their playfield, but first they need to understand where the boundaries are.
Leaders not only allocate resources but define constraints as well, for example time and money. A budget is a resource, but it’s a constraint as well. All critical constraints need to be shared.
Once clarity about constraints is achieved, the players on the playfield can be left to make independent decisions and focus on winning the game.