Since 1922, "Harvard Business Review" has been a leading source of breakthrough ideas in management practice many of which still speak to and influence us today. "The HBR Classics" series now offers you the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each volume contains a groundbreaking idea that has shaped best practices and inspired countless managers around the world and will change how you think about the business world today. Ralph Stayer, head of family owned Johnsonville Sausage, saw that his employees were bored, made dumb mistakes, and didn't care. By teaching himself to step back while teaching his employees to jump forward, he changed his workforce into self starting, responsibility grabbing, independent thinkers. In this classic article, Stayer describes how to let your employees manage themselves for greater productivity.