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We often talk about — or hear about — companies and leaders and integrity. Integrity is frequently defined as “acting in accord with high moral values” or the like. I prefer a completely different definition which often has the same effect. I prefer to speak of integrity as wholeness. In this article, I will focus […]
A Two-Day Introduction to Sociocracy for Practitioners Click HERE to register Course Summary Healthy organisations rely on a strong shared purpose and great relationships, where trust makes space for innovation and where passionately engaged workers can take the lead in their areas of expertise. Sociocracy is a proven way of running (and re-designing) an organisation, […]
Dear Laird, I just read your blog post: http://communityandconsensus.blogspot.dk/2014/08/critique-of-sociocracy.html First, I want to say that I feel happy when I see your name on the page — it’s great to think of you again, and I deeply respect your expertise as a facilitator. I have enjoyed working with you in the FIC and elsewhere. Second, […]
The Market Basket supermarket chain has refused the formal authority of its owners, and given its allegiance to the leader it trusts and prefers. When I say the “supermarket chain has refused”, I am referring not to the legal entity but to the community of workers that brought that legal identity to life. That community […]
For the past few years I’ve been an agile enthusiast, and I still am. But when we talk of scaling agile to the organization, it is easy to forget that agile practices work well under certain conditions. Many teams in an organization will not be able to create those conditions, and standard versions of agile […]
I enjoyed leading an experiential session for the IMTA (International Movement Teachers’ Association) in early June — at the moment I’m calling it “Moving Forward Together — Experiencing the Principles of Sociocracy through Physical Play”. I’d like to share some brief rough notes with you on how that process worked; please feel free to experiment […]
Mapping an organizational ecology is an essential step to functioning as a Genius Organization. Whom do you serve? Where do you do business? This includes the work of understanding market and value stream but it goes considerable further. Mapping the Market & Value Stream Who buys your products? Most companies have a clear answer to […]
Games are about, among other things, freedom. To design a game is to create a system in which people are free — free to play, free to explore, free to excel. The boundaries — rules, game board, etc. — define the space of freedom. Those who are familiar with governance best practice (for example the […]
We face a dramatic challenge. We are changing our climate and driving species to extinction on a scale similar to the asteroid and/or volcanic eruption that destroyed the dinosaurs. We struggle with social inequality (from slavery to the prison industry to our failure to invest in poor youth), theft of our cultural commons (theft both […]