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Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux

Reinventing Organizations

by Frederic Laloux

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    The Richest Man Who Ever Lived: The Life and Times of Jacob Fugger by Greg Steinmetz (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: Because Laluoux's book talks about the evolution of organizations, it is useful to look at a very historical example of the decentralized organization of the Fuggers who needed to maintain a large geographically distributed organization with no communication technologies more sophisticated than the postal system.… (more)
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    The Science of Success: How Market-Based Management Built the World's Largest Private Company by Charles G. Koch (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: Despite his radical political views, Charles Koch says some very intelligent things about how his companies are organized. True to his philosophies, he advocates a decentralized approach that fits surprisingly well with Laloux's path towards Teal organizations.… (more)
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    Perils of Centralization: Lessons from Church, State, and Corporation (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics) by Ken Kollman (M_Clark)
    M_Clark: The Perils of Centralization looks at the issue of centralization vs decentralization throughout history. It therefore supplements Laloux's discussion of the evolution of organizational structures.

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Thanks goodness that this is definitely not one of those typical business books. Instead of promoting the role of the hero CEO driving his vision forward, Laloux looks at new ways to structure organizations. He describes a "Teal" organization structure that is radically decentralized and advocates principles of trust and empowerment for its employees. The book explains that principle of these organizations with real-world examples from organizations that are actually built this way. It is a thought-provoking look at how organizations are structured and is therefore recommended. The "New Age" approaches described in the book will, however, likely turn-off many readers.

One of the most interesting aspects of the book is its presentation of the "evolution" of organization concepts moving from the strongly centralized and authoritarian approach of a "Red" organization towards the more decentralized "Green" and "Teal" structures. The book supplements the discussions on centralization vs. decentralization found in "Perils of Cetnralization" by Kollman and "The Science of Success" by Koch.

His description of the Red organization provides a great characterization of one of this year's political candidates: "the chief of a Red Organization must demonstrate overwhelming power and bend others to his will to stay in position. In order to provide some stability, the chief surrounds himself with family members. Overall there is no formal hierarchy and there are no job titles. Impulsive Red Organizations don't scale well for these reasons. the chief must regularly resort to public displays of cruelty nad punishment, as only fear and submission keep the organization from disintegrating." ( )
  M_Clark | Jul 3, 2016 |
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The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs. Deep inside, we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management. But reality shows that this is not enough. In most cases, the system beats the individual-when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they end up leaving their organizations because they no longer feel like putting up with a place that is inhospitable to the deeper longings of their soul. We need more enlightened leaders, but we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices. But is there even such a thing? Can we conceive of enlightened organizations? In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway. Could it help us invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and nonprofits, schools and hospitals? The pioneering organizations researched for this book have already "cracked the code." Their founders have fundamentally questioned every aspect of management and have come up with entirely new organizational methods. Even though they operate in very different industries and geographies and did not know of each other's experiments, the structures and practices they have developed are remarkably similar. It's hard not to get excited about this finding: a new organizational model seems to be emerging, and it promises a soulful revolution in the workplace. Reinventing Organizations describes in practical detail how organizations large and small can operate in this new paradigm. Leaders, founders, coaches, and consultants will find this work a joyful handbook, full of insights, examples, and inspiring stories.

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