In the mid-2000's the business man Brian Robertson wanted his business to increase by making the decision making processe more efficient. In was then that the concept of holacracy emerged for the first time in the United States.
According to Robertson, the only solution to work more efficiently would be promoting autonomy and reducing the number of parties involved in decision making. In a holacracy system, every business task / mission establishes a team that is free to make the decisions relating to their goals. On condition, of course, to remain consistent with the general objectives of the company.
What does it really mean working in a holacratic environment? First, giving back the sense of ownership and responsibility to the collaborators. To do this, you can organize groups of a few people; let’s say a maximum of ten people that work in a completely autonomous way. Each group would make concrete decisions for the group itself, without any control or hierarchical validation.
For topics of strategic importance, the debates will take place at the management level and all employees will participate. The votes counts the same. Young graduates in their first work experience count in the same way as senior employees. All groups may receive a budget to finance their various proposals and initiatives. This allows decisions to be taken quickly and by collective intelligence.
This type of horizontal organization tries to adapt to the needs and expectations of the new generations. In recent years, young jobseekers require companies to offer flexibility, autonomy, responsibility and above all a sense of utility. The concepts of nonsense job (bullshit job) and brown-out are more and more increasing.
Holacracy, by putting the person at the first place, seems to respond to these problems because it makes them aware of their importance within a team. Empowering people gives motivation, engagement, and therefore more effectiveness.
Obviously, you will not always agree within a team. However, this also represents a benefit, because the purpose of holacracy is not to eliminate the differences, but it is rather to encourage everyone to take the floor and to express their doubts. The group can analyse all the options and possible contradictions immediately. The group itself, after having overcome all possible misunderstandings, will find the solution. Of course, you need to be able to put aside your ego, as the common project will have the priority.
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