Monthly Archives: December 2015

Reinventing Work:
Putting Values and Purpose First

In my recent series of posts on reinventing work, I’ve been exploring both past and present organizational models. What new trends are emerging in how we manage people? Is there a better way than what we’re doing now? Some say we’re ready to change how we work. In particular, Frederic Laloux in the book  Reinventing […]
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Self-Management: Bringing the Whole Person to Work

I’ve been reading about self-managing companies who operate without a hierarchical pyramid. Frederic Laloux believes we can reinvent work for the future with a self-organizing organizational model. In Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (Nelson Parker, 2014), Laloux calls this stage Evolutionary-Teal. Now, in the work I […]
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4 Misperceptions About Self-Management

I’m starting to open my eyes to new models for organizations. In my work as a consultant to businesses, it’s clear that each time we solve a problem of people working together, we create others in its wake. Corporations are getting ever more complicated. One thing I keep reading and asking about is this: Is […]
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Self-Management: The Future of
Working Together?

Is it even possible to run a 7,000 person business using self-management principles? Apparently yes, and quite successfully. If we’re going to successfully reinvent organizations for the future, we need to take a serious look at the way we manage people and work together. As Einstein saw it, we can’t solve problems using the same […]
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Emerging Trends in Reinventing Work: Self-Management

According to experts and as reported in Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (Nelson Parker, 2014), humans are constantly reinventing work and revising organizational structures. Throughout history, we’ve seen several models: Impulsive-Red: Tribe, crime cartels, gangs run by a powerful chief. Conformist-Amber: Religions, […]
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Reinventing Organizations: The Next Stage for Working Together

What’s next for reinventing organizations and the way we work together? I’ve been reviewing the history of organizations viewed through the perspective of evolving stages human consciousness. As humankind developed increasing abilities to handle complexity, they organized themselves to do work in more sophisticated ways. We can see examples of this in variously named stages: […]
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A Brief History of Organizations

I’ve been reviewing concepts in an interesting book that looks at the history of organizations. I believe that if we’re going to find better ways of working together in organizations, we’ll need to revise the assumptions that we’ve been using for managing people. Author Frederic Laloux looks at stages of organizational development throughout human history, […]
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Reinventing Organizations:
Free of Politics, Full of Meaning

Can we reinvent organizations free of politics, bureaucracy and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom? This is the big question posed by Fredric Laloux in his book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by […]
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Reinventing Work: What Would Healthy Organizations Look Like?

I have been hearing about a book with breakthrough ideas about reinventing work in a completely new way: Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness, by Frederic Laloux. I’ve started reading it and I want to share some of the ideas with you because it may be […]
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