Let Us Explain How Holacracy Works
We’ve put Holacracy to the test in a wide array of organizations and industries: from big corporations to family-run businesses to our own team and households. We know it inside and out: its power and what it takes to maximize its success. We know the common resistances and pitfalls that arise when implementing Holacracy. That’s why we include masterful coaching and facilitation to align each individual with the essential purpose of your organization — moving you towards your result.
We integrate our vast years of conscious people leadership experience with customized best practices, proven strategies, and the smartest business strategy. When you work with us, your team won’t just “play at” Holacracy: you’ll truly implement it so you reap 100% of its transformative power.
Simply put: your team will get more done and love coming back to work the next day.
How does Holacracy Create Conscious Organizations?
Holacracy is a real-world-tested social technology. It is revolutionizing how an organization is structured, by shifting away from strict hierarchy, how decisions are made, and how tensions are processed creating less drama and lots more creative and purpose-driven productivity.
Holacracy is a distributed authority system – a set of “rules of the game” that bake empowerment into the core of the organization. Unlike conventional top-down or progressive bottom-up approaches, it integrates the benefits of both without relying on parental heroic leaders. Everyone becomes a leader of their roles and a follower of others’, processing tensions with real authority and real responsibility, through dynamic governance and transparent operations.
Holacracy harnesses the conscious capacity of those within to sense dissonance between what is (current reality) and what could be (the purpose): the feeling of a”tension”. When there’s lack of clear and effective channels for processing tensions, they fester into frustrations, burn-out, and disengagement. Tensions are only useful to the extent the organization can process them into meaningful change. Holacracy provides several explicit channels to process tensions. Holacracy installs clear processes for “governance” and “operations” – in every team, at every level of scale.Governance is about working “on” the organization, and operation’s is about working”in” it – each has different mechanisms for processing tensions into actionable clarity.
With Holacracy, regular governance meetings structure and evolve how the work gets done – everyone leaves with clarity on who is accountable for what, with what authority, and what constraints. These change dynamically with every meeting, based on the real tensions sensed while doing the work. A structured process ensures the organization’s purpose is at the center. Governance Meetings:
- Generate explicit and light-weight role definitions that are actually meaningful
- Give everyone a voice, without the tyranny of consensus
- Apply clear rules that prevent egos or politics from dominating
- Focus a team on fast, incremental improvements in light of real data
- Continually restructure the organization, one tension at a time
Operations & Tactical Meetings
Governance clarity enables most work to get done by clear roles using clear authority, outside of painful meetings and group consensus-seeking. On the ground, a team’s operational flow is synchronized by regular Tactical Meetings that facilitate rapid-fire triage of key issues. Anything in the way of getting the work done gets identified and processed into clear next-actions and target outcomes.
In Tactical Meetings:
- Every agenda item gets processed every meeting, on-time every-time
- The focus is on next-actions, not endless analysis
- Metrics are surfaced and checklists are reviewed – quickly
- No one hides – radical transparency shows all progress, or lack thereof
- Evan Williams on Building a Company Mindfully, (PDF) by Financial Times
- Holacracy®: Creating Conscious Organizations (PDF) by Margaret Ryan
Anna hosting a breakout session at Wisdom 2.0 Conference in SF.
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