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The holes in holacracy

The holes in holacracy | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

EVERY so often a company emerges from the herd to be lauded as the embodiment of leading-edge management thinking. Think of Toyota and its lean manufacturing system, say, or GE and Six Sigma excellence. The latest candidate for apotheosis is Zappos, an online vendor of shoes and clothes (owned by Amazon), which believes that happy workers breed happy customers. Tony Hsieh, its boss, said last year that he will turn the firm into a “holacracy”, replacing its hierarchy with a more democratic system of overlapping, self-organising teams. Until Zappos embraced it, no big company had taken holacracy seriously. Indeed, not all of Zappos’ 1,500-strong workforce are convinced that it can work.

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¡Apoya A La Casa Invisible!

¡Apoya A La Casa Invisible! | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
La Casa Invisible (The Invisible House) is a cultural and social centre under citizen's management. It opened in 2007 after the recovery of an abandoned building owned by the council of Málaga (Spain). Since, we have become one of the cultural lungs of the city, where critical thinking is constructed collectivelly.
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The Origins of Motivation at Work

The Origins of Motivation at Work | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Getting people to work hard and do their best – to be highly motivated – is a central problem not only of individual businesses but of the economy as a whole. Everyone can recognise in themselves what a huge difference being fired-up makes: you confront challenges with energy, you sail through routine tasks, you stay calm under pressure, you come up with solutions to problems. If only we could unlock this kind of attitude in ourselves, we would, more widely, produce a much higher productivity and a flourishing economy.
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6 Rules for Effective Peer-to-Peer Communication - Entrepreneur

6 Rules for Effective Peer-to-Peer Communication - Entrepreneur | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Want more employee engagement, higher morale and job satisfaction? Aim to set up your workplace to foster better relationships between employees.
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Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, January 11, 8:22 AM

How to modify your communication culture in order to engage. Some interesting ideas.

Flexcel Network's curator insight, January 11, 2:25 PM

Insights to help ALL communications, whether you are a manager, solopreneur, independent contractor working on corporate projects and more.. 

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Debunking The Myth Of Why Workers Need Managers - Forbes

Debunking The Myth Of Why Workers Need Managers - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Frederic Laloux's book Reinventing Organizations explores the deep details of how organizations the world over have figured out how to succeed by leaving 'management' to the employees
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The Four Unicorns Of Modern Management

The Four Unicorns Of Modern Management | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
There are a few myths the contemporary management consulting crowd has championed in recent years. Forget the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. We’re talking more like the Four Unicorns of Utopia, galloping along on rainbows.
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Revolutionizing the Way Power Works in Organizations - Huffington Post

Revolutionizing the Way Power Works in Organizations - Huffington Post | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The most significant leadership challenge for today's corps of business leaders is making the shift in the way they approach power.
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Taiga.Io | Agile, Open Source, Free Project Management System

Taiga.Io | Agile, Open Source, Free Project Management System | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Free. Open Source. Powerful. Taiga is a project management platform for startups and agile developers & designers who want a simple, beautiful tool that makes work truly enjoyable.
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We need a management revolution

We need a management revolution | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We've accumulated a lot of knowledge on the brain, yet we do not apply it to management. Robert Paris argues we're due for a revolution.
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13 Recommended Readings For Creative Leaders This Fall - Forbes

13 Recommended Readings For Creative Leaders This Fall - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

So far in 2014, we have seen at least two additions to the short bookshelf of essential readings for creative leaders: Pixar CEO Ed Catmull’s account (with Amy Wallace) of building and sustaining a successful creative culture, Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces that Stand in the Way of True Inspiration; and Harvard Business School Professor Linda A. Hill’s masterful guide to leading successful innovation across organizations, Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation (written with Greg Brandeau, Kent Lineback, and Emily Truelove). Other recent highlights included Connected by Design: Seven Principles for Business Transformation through Functional Integration, the outstanding work about new ways to create value through brand ecosystems, by Barry Wacksman and Chris Stutzman of the legendary creative agency, R/GA; Stanford professors Robert I. Sutton and Huggy Rao’s major study of how to build up businesses successfully, Scaling Up Excellence: Getting to More Without Settling for Less; and Arianna Huffington’s manifesto for re-defining well-being, work and success, revisionist study of talent and creativity, Thrive: The Third Metric and Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom, and Wonder.


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How a Manager Can Promote the 'Future of Work' - Entrepreneur (blog)

How a Manager Can Promote the 'Future of Work' - Entrepreneur (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

What does the term a “new way to work” signify? My company, Unify, posed that question to 961 professionals scattered across the globe and found in the results (published in June) that for 47 percent it meant “working where I want to work” and for 43 percent it meant “working when I want to work.”

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Smart Cities and Big Data and Using It | Sustainable Cities Collective

Smart Cities and Big Data and Using It | Sustainable Cities Collective | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
We live in a world where cars can fold into themselves and may soon be levitating. However, this rapid pace of innovation in the automotive sector is not yet crossing over to cities at large. Cities are traditionally slow and resistant to change.
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Designing the Void | Management Innovation eXchange

Designing the Void | Management Innovation eXchange | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Turning an organisation on its head- removing all management, establishing a P&L account and Balance Sheet on everyone in the organisation and having customers payment go first into the respective persons P&L account has revolutionised this company. 

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Anthropology and the rise of the professional-managerial class | Graeber | HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory

Many of the internal changes within anthropology as a discipline—particularly the "postmodern turn" of the 1980s—can only be understood in the context of broader changes in the class composition of the societies in which university departments exist, and, in particular, the role of the university in the reproduction of a professional-managerial class that has come to displace any working-class elements in what pass for mainstream "left" political parties. Reflexivity, and what I call "vulgar Foucauldianism," while dressed up as activism, seem instead to represent above all the consciousness of this class. In its place, the essay proposes a politics combining support for social movements and a prefigurative politics in the academic sphere.


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Management, business, anarchism | ephemera

Management, business, anarchism | ephemera | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
Management, business, anarchism. Can these three terms, that come with so much baggage, be fruitfully brought together? This special issue brings together contributions that range from discussions of anarchist political economy and anarchism as a theory of organisation to the practices of anarchist alternatives and the radical imagination. Scholars from anarchist studies as well as critical management studies highlight the various ways the connections between the two fields can be articulated. Rather than offer the final word on the intersection between anarchism, business and management, this special issue tries to open a crack in existing academic orthodoxies on alternative organisation and create a space for critical reflection on the potential anarchism has to provide alternative ways of thinking and enacting organisation. The special issue includes five sections: ‘Anarchism as a theory of organisation’, ‘Key ideas in anarchism and CMS’, ‘The roots of anarchist organisation’, ‘Anarchist praxis’ and ‘The radical imagination’.
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Mobilize, a better alternative to Google Groups for community management, raises $1.2M | VentureBeat | Deals | by Kia Kokalitcheva

Mobilize, a better alternative to Google Groups for community management, raises $1.2M | VentureBeat | Deals | by Kia Kokalitcheva | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it
The days of creating clunky Google Groups to keep your organization’s members up-to-date might be over.
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Bureaucracy Must Die - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

Bureaucracy Must Die - blogs.hbr.org (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Almost 25 years ago in the pages of HBR, C.K. Prahalad and I urged managers to think in a different way about the building blocks of competitive success.  We argued that a business should be seen as a portfolio of “core competencies” as well as a portfolio of products.  By building and nurturing deep, hard-to-replicate skills, an organization could fatten margins and fuel growth.  While I still believe that distinctive capabilities are essential to distinctive performance, I have increasingly come to believe (as I argued in an earlier post) that even the most competent organizations also suffer from a clutch of core incompetencies. Businesses are, on average, far less adaptable, innovative, and inspiring than they could be and, increasingly, must be.

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Debunking Myths About Worker Passion - Forbes

Debunking Myths About Worker Passion - Forbes | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The key message from our work is that workers of all types and in all locations have the potential to be passionate – it’s not limited to a privileged few,” concludes John Hagel, c0-chairman Deloitte Center For The Edge. “Rather than just focusing on recruiting more passionate workers, the big opportunity is to look at the existing workforce and create environments that can tap into, nurture and amplify the passion of every worker already on the job. Without the right work environments, efforts to recruit additional passionate workers will likely be undermined as those new workers become frustrated in environments that do not support passion.”

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Richard Branson should beware the perils of peer control - The Guardian

Richard Branson should beware the perils of peer control - The Guardian | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

Half Brazilian, half Austrian, Ricardo Semler runs one of the strangest companies in the world – though perhaps “runs” is the wrong verb. He recently held a party to celebrate 10 years of not making any decisions.

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▶ Reinventing Organizations - YouTube

A talk, followed by Q&A, by Frederic Laloux about "Reinventing Organizations", a research and book that is turning into an international phenomenon.
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Reinventing office space: Architects call for the 'death of the desk' - Raw Story (blog)

Reinventing office space: Architects call for the 'death of the desk' - Raw Story (blog) | Peer2Politics | Scoop.it

“The idea that the desk is a unit of productivity is changing very, very rapidly. Your productivity is not measured by the amount of time you sit behind a thing called a desk. It is what you do. It is about your output,” he said. “It is about getting the balance of specs right so it is not just get everybody in the open, have open plan but have the right balance of spaces where you can get in a zone of concentration.”

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Mike Norman Economics: How the Iron Law of Oligarchy Extends to Peer Production

This is the dilemma facing humanity since the advent of liberalism in the Enlightenment. There is an inherent tension between popular, participatory democracy and efficient organization. The social, political and economic challenge is to work out tradeoffs that enable humanity to recapture the liberty and dignity of Rousseau's noble savage"while also harnessing the advantage of modern organization and management.
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