Articles about new ways of organizing that fit the 21st-century circumstances and mindset. Theory and tools. Cases and experiences from fellow leaders, consultants, and role-model organizations. Book reviews. Interviews. Coverage of seminars.
With an emphasis on New structures of organizing and collaborating that dare to go beyond top-down command and control and liberate the collective intelligence and energy!

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Holacracy: a new way of organizing

Ruben TimmermansWhat are the challenges of organizational life? Your answer may contain silos, lack of trust, lack of decision making, politics, bureaucracy, communication issues, overwhelm, difficulty with change, rigidity and more… “Organizations are designed to produce these painful results!” That’s why Brian Robertson invented “Holacracy”. Does that work any better? I checked in with Ruben Timmerman of Springest to find out.
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How to Upgrade the Industrial Organization to the Age of Ideas?

Upgrade organizationsDo you suffer from corporate obedience? Are you wealthier but not healthier and happier than your parents? Does your employer demand your “all” without guaranteeing a continuity of employment in return? Are you stressed, anxious, disengaged or frustrated?
Fair chance that you are trapped in an old-style steam-engine organization, custom-built to suppress collaborating, problem-solving, innovating and socializing. Perfect for repetitive tasks, standardization, and efficiency. Disastrous for inspiration, purpose, trust, innovation and making a difference to the greater good. So, what can you do to upgrade your industrial organization? (more…)

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Reinventing Organizations

Guest post by Frederic Laloux.

FREDERIC-LALOUXThere’s something broken in how we run organizations today. Institutes that poll thousands of people about happiness at work show that up to 60-75% are disengaged at work! They show up with their bodies, but that’s it – just to make a living.
This is the case not only at lower levels of organizations, where people have routine jobs and feel powerless. Even at the highest levels, senior leaders feel tired of email overload, meetings, the rat race, the silos, the political games they have to play, the tedious budget circles. This growing sense of tiredness – hints that there must be something more. (more…)

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Webinar: Reinventing Organizations with Frederic Laloux

1-stages-developmentCan we create organizations free of the pathologies that show up all too often in the workplace? Free of politics, bureaucracy, and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom? Is it possible to reinvent organizations, to devise a new model that makes work productive, fulfilling, and meaningful? We organized a wonderful webinar with Frederic Laloux to find out how…. (more…)

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Reinventing Organizations: a case study

Cover Issue 13There’s a new way of organizing and collaborating emerging around the globe – as Frederic Laloux shows in his book Reinventing Organizations. Let’s take a closer look at “new organizations” with a case study – and examine the three key things that they do differently: self-management, wholeness, and purpose.
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Organizational Evolution: Are you ready?

Cover Issue 13There’s something broken in how we run organizations today. Polls about happiness at work show that 60-75% of people are disengaged. Many professionals are tired of the rat race, tedious budget circles, office politics, cubicles, being controlled and feeling limited. They wonder: how’s what I’m doing serving a better world? Or: how’s my job helping me develop my unique talents? Well, at least it pays the rent… but I’m so tired/stressed/bored… (fill in the blanks). Isn’t it time for Organizational Evolution?

That’s why I left lifetime employment with golden handcuffs (wonderful salary and perks) seventeen years ago. I left a steady 40 hours a week to start working 60-80 hours with no guaranteed outcomes whatsoever. At the start, I sometimes lay awake at night, worrying about money – but I was never bored again – and I enjoyed everything I learned during my fascinating journey. I extended my development, creativity, autonomy, purpose, freedom – even though I always worked my *** off and it wasn’t always a walk in the park. But I was alive and in charge! I was not just making a living, but making a difference.

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