Businesses often want their employees to work a very well and detailed set of parameters and sometimes even rigid and restrictive. In addition, they have the tendency to drop feed the minimum level of information needed to do the task at hand.
Businesses like this could improve overall performance by practicing the teaching of this Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Show him how to catch fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.”
In this context, all that businesses need to do is focus on what needs be accomplish, the outcome complying only with the minimum set of parameters.
Likewise, the level of information provided should be focus on making available the maximum possible amount relevant to the task, including the role and context that the task at hand will play in the overall medium and long term business plan. This approach with the information will allow the employee to think on the long term and take a more strategic approach on the work being done, instead of a tactical solution.