I just finished one of the greatest management book I ever read. This is actually the book I would have loved to write after my own Chaos, a User’ guide! I would even argue that Frederic Laloux’s Reinventing Organizations is the best management book of today.
Frederic made an amazing job at collecting the best practices from 12 leading organizations of various sizes and industries or types (for profit and non profit). He call them “teal organizations” as in the teal level of evolution in Integral Approach.
The main conclusions from his extensive research:
Teal Organizations have found the key to operate effectively, even at a large scale, with a system based on peer relationships, without the need for either hierarchy or consensus.
Organizations have always been places that encourage people to show up with a narrow “professional” self and to check other parts of the self at the door. They often require us to show a masculine resolve, to display determination and strength, and to hide doubts and vulnerability. Rationality rules as king while the emotional, intuitive, and spiritual parts of ourselves often feel unwelcome, out of place. Teal Organizations have developed a consistent set of practices that invite us to reclaim our inner wholeness and bring all of who we are to work.
Teal Organizations are seen as having a life and a sense of direction of their own. Instead of trying to predict and control the future, members of the organization are invited to listen in and understand what the organization wants to become, what purpose it wants to serve.
Pay as you wish and read it!
This is an absolute must read if you are invoked in anyway in an organization, which unless you have been mediating alone in a cave for the past 20 years may well be the case. And as with Chaos, a User’s Guide, you can download Reinventing organizations on a Pay-as-you-wish basis!
You can also watch Frederic here: