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From Twitter to a new kind of company with no managers, a "Holocracy"

From Twitter to a new kind of company with no managers, a "Holocracy" | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

“Management perspective looks at reports as resources – like how can you get the maximum value out of this person,” Stirman says. “But when I think resources, I think like natural gas or coal mines. Thinking about a person’s life that way just seemed really dehumanizing.”


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He started spending one-on-one meetings talking to his reports about their lives, instead of their tasks, and productivity shot through the roof.

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Frustrated with poor results, he decided to go off script. He started spending one-on-one meetings talking to his reports about their lives, instead of their tasks, and productivity shot through the roof.
 

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“We don’t have a hierarchy of people, we have a hierarchy of circles.”

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“When you sit across a table from someone, ask them ‘What’s going on in your life?’ That will always remove more hurdles than asking them ‘What’s blocking you at work?’” he said.

Stirman hit another wall trying to shield his team from external drama and politics. “Classic management advice, and all my mentors told me that insulating your team from things so they won’t worry will make them more productive and happier,” he says. “But they just got angry, and confused, and disconnected. I was constantly censoring all this information and they were way happier when they knew everything.”

...“The structure is totally built around the work the company needs to achieve its purpose,” Stirman explains. “We don’t have a hierarchy of people, we have a hierarchy of circles.”


...But Medium isn’t just taking a revolutionary approach to digital publishing – it’s changing the way companies operate too. As one of the fiercest and most faithful adopters of Holacracy – a radical new theory of corporate structure – Medium is experimenting with a completely management-free environment that’s laser focused on getting things done. 


Read more: http://ow.ly/nKJBL

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

I have to wonder why this antiquated old-school management advice is still circulating to the likes of of this younger, IT saavy crowd.  Old habits die hard.  

This detailed article cites the positive side of letting go to embrace something very new.  The leader-writer, Jason Stirman, not a manager,  discovered a diverse motivations tool that seems to work for his group, and is in for the long haul on the manager-less experiment with Holacracy.   ~  Deb



 

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Marie Jeffery's curator insight, August 10, 2013 3:02 PM

Thanks for drawing our attention to this excellent post, Deb Nystrom!

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What Behavior Characteristics Do the Best Change Leaders Exhibit? | Daryl Conner

What Behavior Characteristics Do the Best Change Leaders Exhibit? | Daryl Conner | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

How can you be fully prepared to help assess senior-level leaders for change roles?


Daryl Conner, one of the earliest practitioners, author and consultancy for the modern change management practice, is sharing gems in a 2 part series about change leader behaviors.


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...surfacing obstacles and addressing risks are inherent

to successfully managing change

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The lists of Leader behaviors are useful references when looking at the leader case studies and examples on this curation stream.


Here are some excerpts from Daryl's 2 part series:

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  • Approaches change as a process rather than an event
  • Guards the most important change priorities
  • Matches responsibility with authority when assigning change-related tasks/roles
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                     - Ensures people understand that surfacing

                        obstacles and addressing risks are inherent

                        to successfully managing change

      

                     - Instills a culture where problems that are       

                       surfaced and mitigated early are seen in a positive

                       light, rather than as something to be hidden 

                        

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