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Zappos Holacracy, Teal Organizations and The Offer

Here’s a list of articles about Zappos’ new self-management style and a few definitions to help you wrap your mind around everything!

Holacracy: “is a social technology or system of organizational governance in which authority and decision-making are distributed throughout a holarchy of self-organizing teams rather than being vested in management hierarchy.”

Source: Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holacracy

Founder: Brian Robertson

Summary: rather than managers managing people, work is managed by self formed teams that contain those individuals that hold roles required to accomplish the work.

Teal Organizations:

  1. Self Management – driven by peer relationships
  2. Wholeness – involving the whole person at work
  3. Evolutionary purpose – let the organization adapt and grow, not be driven

Summary: A self-managed organization driven by peer relationships allowing a company to adapt and grow vs. being driven.

Author “Reinventing Organizations” – Frederic Laloux

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The Offer: Zappos offers severance to employees who are not interested in moving forward with the new management style.

Read the internal Offer Memo: Click Here

Interested in Learning More? Check out the followng articles:

  1. Holacracy – Zappos Insights
  2. Making sense of Zappos an Holacracy
  3. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh: Adopt Holacracy or Leave
  4. Holawhat? Meet the Alt-Management System Invented by a Programmer and used by Zappos
  5. Holacracy at Zappos: “Its’ not anarchy,” co founder says
  6. Holacracy at Zappos: It’s either the future or management or a social experiment gone awry
  7. Here’s how the self management system that Zappos is using actually works


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