PDF FREE [Holacracy] Author Brian J. Robertson
Ussed in Reinventing Organizations as a complete system for running things under self organising principles Unlike Reinventing Organizations this book is not intended to be an inspirational guide at east I don t think so Instead it is meant to present the management system that is Holocracy walk us through its elements its processes its systems and help us in deciding if we want to adopt it The great advantage of adopting this management system is that it is fully developed tried testing and mature Attempting to redo this from scratch I think would be udicrous Then again some aspects of the system may not be appealing to someIn essence it
Is A Management System That Replaces The a management system that replaces the tree ike hierarchical structure that is so imiting and stifling by a network of roles and circles of connected roles that continuously evolve under the natural forces at play in the organisation Roles have specific authorities and accountabilities and have full control and authority of them Circles also have specific authorities and accountabilities and have connections to the parent or sibling circles through inks Everything is stirred through two types of meetings tactical meetings for processes and operations and governance meetings to discuss evolve and change roles and accountabilities All tensions are during meetings and nothing that needs to be dealt with is eft out either on purpose or accidentally The system regardless of the individuals involved makes sure of thatThe most important strengths of the system are that is it is evolutionary and focused on the organisation and its purpose not on people Conflict in Blood likes and dislikes egos and insecurities Through this focus every person filling every role is allowed the freedom and creativity to do whatever they can think of to further the organisation s purpose This makes people owners of their accountabilities and the evolutionary nature of the dynamic process allows them to grow develop their skills and evolve into different roles to which they are either suited or in which they fell useful and fulfilled It does to me seem very appealing as a management system in which people canearn to fully express themselves and mature into autonomous productive creative fulfilled free thinkers no matter what their roles and accountabilities are A great example of how self managing organizations can work successfully As a person interested in particular in practical implementations over theoretical possibilities I found the book a great combination of both Even if Holacracy does not fit your organization I recommend the book to everyone who believe in the idea of self managing organizations A process heavy straightjacket for organizations that can t figure out how to delegate the rules of communication This book does a great job at showcasing Holacracy a new management system that distributes authority and accountability throughout an organization instead of relying on managers to guide employees What makes this book successful is that it includes both the why and the how to use Holacracy all in a digestible readAn aspect of Holacracy dear to me is that unlike current discourse on the matter it doesn t put employees and companies interests back to back Instead it proposes a system in which both personal autonomy and a fierce focus on the company s success are part of the same euationAfter years of hearing about Holacracy and reading bits and pieces about this rich model here and there I can t recommend this book enough for anyone who wants the full story in one packageDisclaimer I work with HolacracyOne the company developing the Holacracy model Many good ideas but for my taste too extreme and too process heavy I ike the idea of circles and roles and how autonomy and accountability is shifted I also appreciate the separation of meta evel from the operations What I have a hard time with is imagining adults The Crucified Ones: Calling Forth the End-Time Remnant liking being put into a strict process straightjacket I just don t think that process alone will magically cure all problems of modern organizationsHolacracy feels to meike its to teal organization what Scrum is for AgileOverall a decent 35. Who know the most about the work you do your frontline colleaguesSome of the many champions of Holacracy include Tony Hsieh CEO of Zapposcom author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Delivering Happiness Evan Williams co founder of Blogger Twitter and Medium and David All. It is well written and persuasive It is also a dangerous management system that can undermine a company as it did with mine when we tried to implement it It nearly brought us down My takeaway is that
there is no system that can replace solid eadership If you is no system that can replace solid Logic, Labels, And Flesh leadership If you the CEO you need to own it and get to work It s super tempting to abdicate responsibility but it is simply the wrong path to take Yes people make mistakes but applying a straightjacket for decision making process is not the answer The answer is reflection continuous improvement clear roles and autonomy Yes signals might getost but the answer is not allowing all the noise to go through the same process The answer is to cultivate better signalling and better filters to reduce the noise Yes we sometimes get Dialogue: Relationships in Graphic Design lost in endless debate but the answer is not to force decisions The answer is to take ownership as theeader to make sensible decisions Yes people need authority in their role But the answer is not to formalize this to a degree that even governments would find cumbersome The answer is to define the role create space within that role for authority and accountability and to keep monitoring performance Instead of this book consider the following High Output Management by Andrew Grove Turn The Ship Around by L david Maruet Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif BabinGood The Originality of the Avant-Garde and Other Modernist Myths luck Before I start I don t think I m able to properly review this book with reviewing the concept of Holocracy itself It s technically possible but it doesn t make IMHO much senseThe overall concept of Holocracy to replace inefficient troublesome mgmt hierarchies with system of nested circles governed by process itself sounds very crazy but actually the city metaphore made me give it a deeper thought Anyway even if I agree with many statements even if I ve made plenty of bookmarks got inspired to write ateast few blog posts I think that YES Holocracy may work but only if you start it from scratch of within a really small company And author did Modeling and Analysis of Communicating Systems literally nothing to convince me I m wrong he s uite good in presenting the pros of Holocracy but there s barely any mention of potential risks that can happen decision paralysis within governance process gaps in processes in context of contradicting positions of circle s members potential slowness of decision making progress VETOersetcWhat did Iike most short idea about dealing with compensation in Holocracy powered org sadly there should be many ideas about adapting traditional enterprise mechanics into flat world but they are not here some VERY good points about empowerment in different work scenariosAnyway I think that if you re interested
#In Management You Should #management you should read this book Not necessarily because it s that good or because everybody will be doing Holocracy by next Tuesday but just to make your own opinion on this interesting topic I was reading a short stories science fiction anthology at the same time and the two books felt interchangeable I had always been interested in aspects of holacracy and reading this book in its entirety demonstrated how off base I was with my assumptionsFor starters most of the world s religions allow you to practice said faith with flexility Robertson is so rigid in his it s 110% holacracy or it just won t work that it felt Inventing the Medium: Principles of Interaction Design as a Cultural Practice like I was reading a cult s doctrine This is where the science fiction aspects come in because much of the book is actually detailing the robotic interactions that holacracy dictates you have to practice It s not that different from when fiction authors delve into aot of detail to describe a completely different worldIt s hard to take much away from the book because there doesn t seem to be a The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth lot of substance or evidence to substantiate why the world needs to reorganise in this model You can describe any assortment of interactions but that doesn t make it the right choiceIn the closing chapter Robertson says that it s a natural evolution for organisations to deploy holacracy However unlike biomimicry or another emerging trend there s nothing to indicate that humans behaveike this I would only suggest holacracy to organisations that have no altru. Holacracy is a revolutionary management system that redefines management and turns everyone into a eaderHolacracy distributes authority and decision making throughout an organization and defines people not by hierarchy and titles but by roles Holacracy creates organization. Istic purpose in actuality or for
SOCIAL PURPOSES WHO S SOLE capital purposes who s sole is profit above all else This book the coming together of utilitarianism with capitalism In it s focus about the organisation and not people it is at east explicit that all sources of In Deeper labor are just cogs in a bigger machine Holacracy is a system for structuring a business through peer to peer self organization and distributed control in which we all get to be adults togetherokay so 1 Holacracy doesn t stand up under Marxian analysis Power is not actually being distributed when workers are still selling theirabor and the value of their efforts is taken as profit by the business owner2 Holacracy is designed for the perfect rational human without personality relationships or ego It is deliberately designed to create a healthy separation between the personalinterpersonal and the organization Robertson considers this a deeper honoring of the personal by keeping it entirely out of the workplace I mean sure props for being open and honest about the neoliberal wish to erase the messy realities of human behavior and human needs The Holacracy is only concerned with the relationship between roles It is Personlighetspsykiatri literally designed to make people into perfect replaceable cogs Under Holacracy how two people might communicate is as unregulated as possible In this way Holcracy allows the organization to functionally optimally however we humans decide to relate to one another personally it keeps human values out of the organizational space italics in the originalYou know what we get when human interaction is unregulated and only the roles in a business matter We get Fox News and The Chicago PD This is what you get when only results countThe organization is now an entity in its own right and specifically it s a capitalist entity It s not an organization of people Humans are merely another resource to be juiced for capital This isn t anything new but celebrating itike this is extraordinary And Robertson seriously is celebratingWhen the David Allen Company was going through this transition to Holacracy many of the people within were struggling with the shift to a impersonal approach They d worked hard for years to build a very close warm intimate culture and you could feel it the minute you walked into their building It seemed Audiology like a great place to work where people trusted each otheristened to each other and shared a deep connection In the process of installing Holacracy we were deliberately tearing out that carefully woven fabric of relationships from the way people did their work and many people found the change uite jarring But Holacracy wasn t removing all of their hard won connectedness and trust just moving it into a different space and iberating it from organizational matters p 199Yeah the employees could be as trusting and empathic as they iked as ong as it was out of business hours How frustrating that humans are humans 247 In a perfect Neoliberal world we would turn that off while we were at our desks and only switch it back on in time to buy consumer goods and binge watch Netflix to hide our existential sorrow Holacracy offers a plan to minimize the evidence of humanity in the workplace All hail Holacracy Holacracy is a governance system and a registered trademark owned by HolacracyOne The word Holacracy is very easy to confuse with holocracy with an o which means universal democracy Robertson s aim with the system is to harness the tremendous sensing power of the human consciousness available to our organizations
P 7 This Harnessing Is 7 This harnessing is by a set of core rules p 12 The Holacracy constitution acts as the core rule book for the organization p 21 Robertson hopes that his readers will approach the book not as a set of ideas principles or philosophies but as a guide to a new practice pp 13 14Brian Robertson s book is very readable and informative I share Robertson s view on the problems associated with predict and control p 7 and his interest in finding better ways to work together p 12 but I can also see problems with heavily rule based approaches I think there s a fundamental di I read this book because it was disc. S that are fast agile and that succeed by pursuing their purpose not following a dated and artificial planThis isn't anarchy – it's uite the opposite When you start to follow Holacracy you earn to create new structures and ways of making decisions that empower the people.