Simply put, companies evolve or die. If GE had maintained the same product line it started with when the company was known as Edison General Electric (i.e. Edison bulbs and direct current), the company would never have grown to become the multibillion-dollar multinational conglomerate it is now. However, like New Coke and Crystal Clear Pepsi, some changes are just not warranted.
People want to know what is expected of them. Failure to apply a consistent standard of delegation will deflate morale and inflate indifference. If your team isn't clear on what they can do, they will do nothing. Inevitably, prolonged exposure to inconsistent delegation will result in an inefficient organization--you will have to make the final decision on everything from which vendor use for coffee to what color ink is in the pens at the front desk.
Management does not equal leadership and leadership does not equal management. These two skills are as disparate as apples and oranges. Managing leaders must strive valiantly to maintain separation between the two and whenever possible, err on the side leadership.
We have all been put in situations beyond our control. We have all experienced a time where our fate or the fate of our organization rested squarely in the hands of someone or something over which we had no influence or authority. However, in my experience, there is always something you can do to improve the situation for customers.
With 95 companies actually located in Chicago, the Second City has achieved 2nd place in the Inc. 5000. (Inc. puts them 4th by including the surrounding areas in its calculation but as an actual City resident, I like to keep things within city limits.)