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Apr 22, 2019 12:09:07

How to structure my company without a boss?

by @melakovacs | 237 words | 59🔥 | 149💌


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Recently, two people joined our company, now we are a total of five. Even tough, I encouraged them to take decisions by themselves, they all assumed they needed my approval to decide anything. 

I didn't like that for two reasons:

First, I don't like being the boss who needs to decide it all. Being the one who decides, meant I spent most of m day in meetings, with the aim to decide things. After being the whole day in meetings and needing brain power to decide, I don't feel like I progressed with work that matters. I'm humble enough to know I don't know it best. They are all smart people, I do trust them and I'd like to encourage them to think things through, take responsibility and be courageous to take decisions. 

Second, I don't believe that the hierarchical way is a smart way to structure an organisation in our complex times. I believe we need resilient and evolving structures. For that we need everybody to participate fully and share their wisdom. 

When I needed to ask a boss for approval, I started thinking: What does he / she want me to do? Instead of:  What makes the most sense in my opinion?
I gave away responsibility and cared less. 

What is needed so people care about the outcome, take responsibility and decide? 

Who of you has experience in building up a teal / self-organized / self-managed / sociocratic organization? 

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    Got this from a great guy named Sam Ovens:

    One of my key insights on this topic is the importance of org structure. Most people structure their companies like pyramids, you want to structure your company like an organism. Here's an illustration:

    [ Org Structure Image ]

    Structure — Is extremely important, it gives emergence to behavior.

    Adaptation — A pyramid is built vertically, it can’t change its structure, it can’t adapt to change, it is what it is and cannot change. An organism’s unique ability is “self-organization”, it adapts/evolves by changing its structure. A cybernetic autonomous control system.

    Pyramid — This is the typical “command and control” hierarchy.
    It’s extremely slow, breeds politics, authority, communication issues,
    bureaucracy, bad products, manipulation of truth, bad talent, death.

    Organism — This is the non-typical “self-organizing” distributed team. It’s extremely fast, breeds results, innovation, organic communication, meritocracy, great products, respect of truth, top talent, adaptable to change, sustainability.

    My point: Don't build a pyramid. Build an organism.

    Abe avatar Abe | Apr 22, 2019 13:59:36
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      @abrahamKim Thank you so much for this Abe. I did not know Sam Ovens. We decided to go on a journey of becoming self-organized. I'm currently re-reading Laloux's book "Reinventing Organizations". Have you read that one?

      Mel avatar Mel | Apr 24, 2019 09:21:27
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      I have not. Is it a popular book within organization/management ? Lol I'm not in business so I only end up reading the super super super popular ones that like percolate into popular culture.

      What about this book of Laloux's did you find valuable? also what are some of your favorite books?

      Abe avatar Abe | Apr 26, 2019 14:10:16
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