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In this organization, the hierarchy enables speed and agility

Learning from race marshals: a team of teams

What does a race marshal do?

Organization design

Source: Team of Teams by General Stanley McChrystal
  • have rituals that allow the team to connect as a bigger team
  • ensure the organization and each team has a clear purpose, so everyone can work towards the collective outcome
  • create shared consciousness, so that everyone knows what is going on in the whole
  • strive for empowered execution, where each team can act autonomously within their predefined decision rights

Is hierarchy always bad?

“Hierarchy is logical, it makes perfect sense. It simply means the ‘order of things’” — interview with Gerard Endenburg (founding father of Sociocracy)

The full race track is visible on one large screen at Race control

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Jurriaan Kamer

Org design & transformation | Author of ‘Formula X’ | Speaker | Future of Work. Partner at The Ready