Actually I have not! I studied a number of different management theories back in my university days, but I don’t remember reading her work — will check it out!
Most of what I am writing about is not new at all, just existing concepts applied in a different context. Learning from older theories is very valuable in that respect, so thank you for sharing!
Absolutely! The chaos totally leaks onto the islands, and I think the extent that it does also depends on the type of project, the people involved and how much you try to isolate the project from its chaotic surroundings (which can be a good and bad thing to do). I have personally had the experience that sometimes being surrounded by this ocean can…
Thanks for clarifying, Susan. As mentioned, I am not attached to the word hierarchy and generally searching for terms that we can use to describe the models we’re working in better. Laloux surely offers some very useful ones as I guess we could just say Teal organization, but that would not be self-explanatory to newcomers.
Thanks a lot for your comment Lisa. In seeing some of the reactions to the piece I did realize that some people may use this title to support a narrative that is contrary to what I am talking about. Let’s just hope that it actually enables us to catch the interest of some people that may not have read the article otherwise and then learned something new to them ;)
You bring up a good point Francois, which is distributing this role of coordinating, faciliating and leading and not centralizing this in a role assigned to one person — do I understand correctly?
I think that in many cases evolving the role of “bosses” is the first step, and the second is then distributing this role to more…
I really appreciate the recommendation, several collegues of mine shared it with me in reaction to this post, as it indeed is an excellent and much more refined analysis of what I am talking about! Will look into this more deeply for further thinking and writing :)
I’m not at all attached to dynamic hierarchy over dynamic leadership, structure….it’s a debate of words, and I am still looking for better ones. Using hierarchy seemed useful for showing the correlation with an exsiting concept that people know — At least in practice, when I have explained it that way to people, it worked quite well.
Thanks for the book recommendation!
Thanks a lot for your sharing your experience with this, I admit I am very torn about the terminology debate, because on the one hand it’s “just words”, but language also plays such an important role in how we shape and build organizational culture. The reason I brought up the topic in this way is because exactly the fact that we were originally…