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Work Revolution co-founder Josh Allan Dykstra interviews Doug Kirkpatrick from the Morning Star Self-Management Institute. The discussion begins with a brief history of Morning Star and the development of Self-Management, then covers a wide range of topics, including: CLOU, Steppingstones, Gaining Agreement and the "Misperceptions of Self-Management" outlined by Frederic Laloux in his article on the SMI site.
Say “Self-Management” and almost everyone gets the wrong idea.
Self-managing structures are appearing everywhere, and get increasing attention in the media. They seem to be much more adaptative, agile, motivating than traditional pyramidal organizations, and they appear to achieve spectacular results. But is this a simple fad, or a new phenomenon destined to spread? And why are most people dismissive when you mention the possibility to run organizations “without a boss”?
By Frederic Laloux. Published by Nelson Parker.
The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organizational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation. Government agencies and nonprofits have a noble purpose, but working for these entities often feels soulless and lifeless just the same. All these organizations suffer from power games played at the top and powerlessness at lower levels, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings and a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs.
Apple, Inc., the California-based designer, developer and retailer of the absolute best computers and personal electronic devices on the market (I'm not biased), has long been renowned for it's exceptional design team. Apple's innovatively designed products have been the company's competitive advantage for many years, and new products, when released, are often trailblazers in their respective markets.
While there are many competencies that enable effective self-management (excellent communication skills, solid teamwork, good judgment), there are many other, less obvious competencies that impact one’s ability to navigate and perform at a high level in a self-managed ecosystem. Here are five candidates for consideration.