“WOW! I have not been so excited by a book in my field in,
well . . . probably never!” That’s
what i said after reading Reinventing
by Frederic Laloux. His work is based on more than a dozen
studies, organizations of 100-10,000+ people operating with clarity of
purpose and spirit, honoring humans as whole beings (comprising
considerably more than “life/work balance,” although it would include
that), and respecting autonomous self-management while achieving
fantastic results. These organizations are collectively
to as "teal."
prefatory note: The book is based in the developmental stage
theory of Integral Theory/Spiral Dynamics. I am generally
by developmental stage theories, and the arrogance of some of their
more famous exponents—i acknowledge that the beginning of this book was
no exception. However, in spite of that, the characterization
hierarchical (Orange) and egalitarian (Green) has a ring of truth in my
experience. Much more importantly, one can simply skip over
whole basis anyway, moving directly into examining the
"evolutionary-teal" practices that are the substance of Laloux's
approach. Because who doesn’t want to be part of an
If you want to check it out, here are some
links offering a variety of formats.
- The book itself,
heartwarmingly available on a "pay what feels right" basis for
e-copies. Also available as an audio-book, and (as of July
a new “illustrated version,” much shorter and expressing
similar content with the use of clever visuals!
- Book excerpt: "The
Future of Management Is Teal."
with Laloux published at InfoQ
- The Wiki,
beautifully described as “a labor of love, the work of a joyful
community, dedicated to soulful organizations everywhere coming to
- Excellent blog by Corporate Rebels,
a pair of fellows who are visiting teal leaders around the world and
writing about their experiences.
Edge (community of practice growing around the
currently offering a blog, videos, and a facebook group.
OTHER USEFUL STUFF
is an ever-expanding pool of online literature available to pursue
learning in this. I aim here to compile some of the
useful links. Suggestions are welcome.
Manifesto (2013) by Henry Stewart: Shorter overview
covering many of the same topics as Laloux's book.
Inc. (2009) by Brian Carney & Isaac Getz: Covers
some of the same companies as Laloux, others are different, some fun
Transformative Workplace (2015) by Carole & David Schwinn.
An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization
(2016) by Robert Kegan, Lisa Lahey, Matthew L. Miller, & Andy
Fleming. To flesh out the "wholeness" aspect in an organization's
by Ricardo Semler: a classic from 1993, one that inspired
some of the other businesses included here.
Together by John Simmons & William Mares:
Participatory decision-making and attempts at workplace
transformation among American auto manufacturers of the 1970s &
I am currently organizing a meetup
for people in the Eugene, Oregon area who want to get together in
person to explore these ideas.
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