Intuit gives its best business innovators three months of “unstructured” time that can be used in one big chunk or spread out over six months for part-time exploration of new opportunities.
The goal: Frame the way you want to change the world, and make it about the customer.
But there’s a catch: Just like Fed Ex, they must deliver something of value 24 hours later.
Companies such as Intuit use time as a reward because they believe it’s the biggest motivator of corporate intrapreneurs.
The fortunate recipients didn’t hoard their winnings.
They passed them on to others who had chipped in on projects that they themselves had led.
They know that it’s culture–the values, norms, unconscious messages, and subtle behaviors of leaders and employees–that often limits performance.