This article put words on something that I’ve been thinking about, how the modern organisations are structured. I read the Starfish and the Spider a few years back, and it really impacted how I viewed organisational development. But this takes it to another level for me. The article is long, but definitely worth it.
In a self-managing, purpose-driven organization, change can come from any person who senses that change is needed. This is how change has occurred in nature for millions of years. Innovation doesn’t happen centrally, according to plan, but at the edges, when some organism senses a change in the environment and experiments to find an appropriate response. Some attempts fail to catch on; others rapidly spread to all corners of the ecosystem.
I would love to experience a teal organisation first hand, I have worked in Green & Orange, and I can sense the Teal in some situations, but never to the full extent.
Read the article here.