When you hire a world-class carpenter, you let him get on with it, his way.
You don’t stand behind his shoulder, telling him which screwdriver to use, where to drive in the nail. No, you stand aside.
When you let a Michelin Star chef cook for you, you do it as her restaurant. You sit at her table and let her do her thing, using her own pots and pans.
You don’t micromanage. You don’t bring in your own cutting knives and tell her to use them only.
When you hire a famous architect, you do the same thing. You let him get on with it, you don’t tell him what pencils are needed.
In other words, with world-class work, there’s a certain assumption of autonomy.
And if you’re ever going to have a world-class business with world-class people, the same rule applies.
i.e. At the highest level, without autonomy, you have nothing, except a big ol’ train wreck.
When you think about it, it seems obvious. But not everybody thinks about it.