Riding a bike
Being truly into future proof organizations, I am always looking to get inspired by organizations that have to some extend successfully transitioned to more soulful workplaces. However often similar examples pop up in presentations or discussion to learn from. Be it Buurtzorg, Favi, Morning star or GE. Nothing wrong about that, they are great organizations but lately I have been searching for my unusual suspects that would also illustrate key principles of future proof organizations (like self-organization) off the beaten tracks. Let’s me share with you my top 4 and I am looking forward to hear yours.
In the quest of finding how companies are organizing themselves to face an ever more complex and diverse environmentwhile keeping their employees highly engaged, I am privileged to be able to visit or study a number of what I call Future Proof Organizations (FPO). While doing so with companies as diverse as Altassian (an enterprise software company ), Statoil ( an international energy company and the world’s largest offshore operator) or General Electric (an multinational conglomerate corporation) in the past months, three main principles arise where Future Proof Organizations are organizing themselves very differently.
The backbone values
It is not a cliché. Read more
Self-organization is one of the key pillars of liberation for organizations that favor happy and engaged employees. Utopia some would say. Not really. It has been around in other sectors for as far as one can remember. Read more
In the Red paradigm, starting around 10,000 years ago, organizations are structured around a strong leader who has absolute power over others. Power structures are constantly in flux as subordinates jockey for position, rather like wolves in a wolf pack around the alpha male. Red Organizations can still be found today in the form of street gangs and mafias. Read more
The next generation of organizations or teal organizations releases entrepreneurship forces and self organization to realize a given purpose. It creates pioneer organizations with increased employee engagement, productivity and meaningfulness. In July, I am co-organizing a week long summer journey to investigate how these pioneer organizations are paving the way for the next generation of organization development, and to support participants in their own reinventing quest.
The reinventing quest
If I would ask you today: what are the most successful innovations around? Most likely names like Facebook, Apple or Candy Crush would come to your mind. Less likely you would name d.light, affordable renewable energy for low-income people, M-Pesa, the most successful mobile money transfer system for the unbanked in Kenya, or JITA, an innovative way of reaching the unreachable in Bangladesh. The former create needs in over-saturated markets, the latter create new markets to address stringent social needs.