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Zappos says goodbye to bosses

Zappos says goodbye to bosses | Behavior, People and Organizations | Scoop.it


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Online retailer Zappos is known to do things its own way. The company calls its executives “monkeys,” has employees ring cowbells to greet guests, and offers new employees cash to quit as a way to test their loyalty.


The Las Vegas-based retailer is now becoming even more radical, introducing a new approach to organizing the company. It will eliminate traditional managers, do away with the corporate hierarchy and get rid of job titles.


The unusual approach is called a "holacracy." The idea is to replace the traditional corporate chain of command with a series of overlapping, self-governing “circles.” In theory, this gives employees more of a voice in the way the company is run.


Via David Hain
Terence R. Egan's insight:

Zappos has led the business community in new management concepts in the past. This idea is super-radical.


Articles published by the company provide a little detail on how this system will work,  however I get the impression that the concept will evolve as they discover major shortcomings and seek to address them.


Zappos may be getting rid of official job titles and management responsibilities, however natural leaders are sure to emerge and take control. In the absence of clear reporting lines and command structures, there will be a strong tendency for 'feifdoms ' to emerge. 


Concepts such as Holacracy, Democracy, Communism, etc. are wonderful in theory, however there is one major obstacle that has never been overcome: the nature of human beings. Self-interest always wins!


In my opinion, Zappos will only make this work after a serious dilution and modification of the core principles. I admire their effort and look forward to observing their progress. We may all learn something valuable from this initiative.


"Go Zappos, Go! ... Go Zappos, Go! ... Go Zappos, Go! "


[I'm staying on the sidelines]

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, January 7, 2014 5:17 AM

This kind o hiearchy free leadership is not unheard of, but this is a good example!

Cruise Line Class's curator insight, January 9, 2014 2:25 PM

This is forward thinking! 

 

It all comes down to what your company culture is, and what you hope to achieve as a result of this culture. 

 

When we work with executive teams one of the questions that we ask is this:  "What is impossible today; however, if we accomplished this would be a game-changer for our industry?"  Because when you think of it -- nothing is impossible.

 

When you have a leader like the CEO of Zappos...he is constantly asking himself and the team this question. 

 

I am very excited to learn from this model...what are your thoughts?

 

 

Chery Gegelman's curator insight, January 9, 2014 11:11 PM

This move is getting lots of attention.  What are your thoughts?

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7 Ways to Look Really Confident (Even When You're Not)

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