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Do It Yourself: Alexis Ohanian says that bosses must give their people more autonomy
  • Publication Date:
    July 2014

Entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of reddit and author of Without Their Permission, sees workers thriving and companies flourishing when people are genuinely empowered. In this Q&A, he explains how a no-permission-required workplace works—and, importantly, where to draw boundaries. "There's a certain amount of trust that we hand over to employees in exchange for autonomy," Ohanian says. "So far, it has been remarkable, in my own companies and those I've advised, how often this ends up succeeding. We see people develop and grow tremendously. It becomes really infectious and gets people really excited to be learning and trying new stuff."

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