The five principles of corporate hacking

1- Take a chance on open collaboration : stimulate collective intelligence and break down the barriers within your company by promoting networking and the sharing of good ideas as well as mistakes and setbacks across all stockholders in the value chain, including outside the company (with suppliers, partners… and even competitors).

2- Practice “disobedience” : urge your teams to question – or even defy – any arbitrary, ludicrous or counterproductive procedures so they can increase the meaning of their work — and their commitment to it.

3- Privilege action over action plans : concentrate on the practical implementation of projects in the field rather than on empty rhetoric that is out of touch with reality. Go along with solutions that are not perfect but that are rapid, prototyped and inexpensive so you move past temporary problems.

4- Prioritize expertise over pedigree : an employee’s authority should depend on the contribution he or she makes to progressing projects, not on his or her position in the hierarchy. Managers must learn to trust, delegate and develop the expertise of their team members to the full.

5- Work towards empowering everybody : increased autonomy and reduced hierarchical control go hand-in-hand with greater accountability and awareness of individual responsibilities. All employees should become intrapreneurs.