Loose Rein

Loose Rein

A management style in which employees are given a great deal of autonomy and in which individual contributions are encouraged. An advantage to loose reins is the potential to foster creativity; that is, proponents believe that the relaxed atmosphere encourages innovation and productivity. Critics maintain that loose reins lead to laziness and, at worst, insubordination.
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I slashed the horse with the whip, and gave him a loose rein until Woking and Send lay between us and that quivering tumult.
As to the monk, without withdrawing the poniard from the wound, he ran to the window, opened it, leaped out into the flowers of a small garden, glided onward to the stable, took out his mule, went out by a back gate, ran to a neighbouring thicket, threw off his monkish garb, took from his valise the complete habiliment of a cavalier, clothed himself in it, went on foot to the first post, secured there a horse and continued with a loose rein his journey to Paris.
Prince Maiyo only smiled, and with loose reins stooped and patted her neck.
The senseless body was thrown across the spare horse, the four sprang to their saddles, and away they thundered with loose reins and busy spurs through the swarming camp.
A technique useful to management, as to equestrianism, is to ride with a loose rein that can be effectively tightened in a nanosecond.
workers, keeps a loose rein on Mary''s horse, Dolly
Bart needed some exercise, so I took him out and let him have a loose rein, so it looked like I wasn't in control," he added.
Anyway, keep giving Connor a loose rein and maybe a little bump in the check.
Then he would simply put the mare on a loose rein and tell her to take him home while he slept--the mare always brought him home safe.