Work 4.0

How to build teams set out for success?

One of the most important things for an organization is to create teams that drive the organization to meet its goals. Goals can be diverse, but in the end, an organization is measured by financial success. This is why it’s important for leaders to create teams that have the will and drive to take their functions to the next level. One common approach, especially for sales teams is to incentivize this through a bonus model. But...

Decisions make the world go round

In the previous two posts, we looked closer at two major paradigms that are shaping organization theory and well practice at the moment: sociocracy and holacracy. These paradigms both have one thing in common, instead of seeing organizations organized by functions they see organizations as fluid circles that are forming around a specific thing. This particular thing is decisions. Instead of organizing according to functions it’s all about decision centricity. This is because all we do at...

How to implement lean ways of working with agile methodologies

In the previous post, we talked a lot about new ways of working and paradigms such as holacracy and sociocracy. The posts had all one thing in common, they all looked to enable organizations to respond to challenges in an agile manner. It’s time to take a closer look at agile and what it means. Unfortunately, often agile is a misused term making it sound fancy to have to change work priorities on any given day,...

Holacracy – Utopia or a real possibility?

By now we have all read articles that a company has transformed to holacracy. One of the biggest retailers, Zappos, is changing their organization structure towards holacracy. But how possible is holacracy really? Holacracy is about breaking down organizational structures, flattening them to create self-organized teams that can make autonomous decisions. There are many challenges when it comes to holacracy. First and foremost, transforming a decade's old organization with a set structure to become holacratic isn’t...

The four principles of sociocracy

Sociocracy consists of four fundamental principles. In this blog post, we will take a look at these principles and what they mean in practice. The first principle of sociocracy is that decisions need to be made in consensus. Only if no one raises justified objections will a decision be implemented. Each member of an organization is entitled to give their vote so to speak or in other words, raise objections. However, it can’t just be anything...

Empowering for holacracy

There’s a ghost going around management theories. It’s holacracy knocking on your door and telling you, you need it to make your organization ready for the 21st Century. For some holacracy is the future of organizations for others the sure downfall. Let’s start by looking at what holacracy actually means. Holacracy means that organizations do not use hierarchical organization charts but instead give their employees the power to take leadership through responsibility and accountability. Pretty...