Top 10 sources for holacracy in a broader perspective

Holacracy is gaining attention rapidly throughout the Netherlands as well as worldwide. Increasingly, (parts of) organizations are using Holacracy as a management tool. There are also many interesting articles, books, and movies on the subject.

HOLACRACY IN EVOLUTIONARY PERSPECTIVE

  1. This film (9:21) places Holacracy in the evolutionary development of organizational models over time, using the color paradigms of Laloux and Spiral Dynamics.
  2. In this film, (2:49) Herman Wijffels, important ambassador to Synnervate, speaks of the special time of radical change in which we live. He argues that we are aware that evolution is an open, dynamic, and also chaotic system. We must therefore organize ourselves so that we create space and openness for what constitutes new ideas and opportunities. Wijffels invites the viewer to get ready for emergence. Holacracy helps create that space.
  3. HolacracyOne published a useful self- HolacracyOne published a useful organization “maturity map”.. With this, everyone can determine for their organization: where do we stand, and what are the next natural steps?
  4. At a busy CHE-salon, led by Certified Holacracy Coach Jasper Rienstra, the research question was: How does Holacracy contribute to bringing the Spiral Dynamics 1st tier value systems up? The results can be found here.
  5. In this article Brian Robertson sketches out the history of Holacracy.

REVIEWING THE ADVANTAGES SURROUNDING HOLACRACY

  1. Frederic Laloux wrote this great article say-no-more-hierarchy-and-everything-gets-the-wrong-idea .
  2. Lisette Schuitemaker describes in an insightful BLOG  how she discovered the quality of the yin-yang balance in Holacracy. At first, she found its strict roles and rules of procedure daunting, rather yang. But then…
  3. The world-renowned company that works with Holacracy, Zappos.com, uses  this BLOG to react in a humorous way to all the heartfelt responses to their radical choice for Holacracy.
  4. In this article Frederic Laloux and Brian Robertson discuss five widely-received judgments about Holacracy.
  5. In this article, Brian Robertson takes the human side of Holacracy, writes about how it brings out the best in people. It’s a response to the common criticism that “Holacracy is so rigid; it’s more for robots than for people!”

Top 10 sources for general holacracy info

Holacracy is gaining attention rapidly throughout the Netherlands as well as worldwide. Increasingly, (parts of) organizations are using Holacracy as a management tool. There are also many interesting articles, books, and movies on the subject.

SHORT LIST

  1. This animation film (1:47) is short but powerful.
  2. This white paper (7 pagina’s, in het Engels, mét plaatjes) is a good introductory article.
  3. This article from Emerce is one of the better Dutch articles about Holacracy.
  4. In this film (1:54) Brian Robertson, the founding father of Holacracy, sketches out how Purpose is the driving point surrounding Holacracy.
  5. In this film (2:36) Jasper Rienstra discusses the power of Holacracy.

DIGGING DEEPER

  1. Brian Robertson wrote a very remarkable and practical book, hardly surprisingly titled ‘Holacracy’ . Highly recommended – even if you don’t intend to implement Holacracy immediately. And the Dutch translation is excellent.
  2. In this TEDx video (18:20) Brian Robertson explains what Holacracy is all about.
  3. The book ‘Reinventing Organizations’ 6. Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux made the world sit up and take notice last year, and has shown that many people and organizations have been tracking down Holacracy. Inspirationally and clearly, Laloux shows that ‘enlightened’ organizations are all about purpose, wholeness, and self-management. Holacracy is mentioned as an example of how you can shape your company in concrete terms. The Dutch translation is also fine.
  4. Getting Teams Done is a Dutch-language book, and an accessible introduction to Holacracy.
  5. Meetings maken make up only 5% of the Holacracy ‘do’, but the governance meeting is certainly illustrative of many basic Holacracy principles. You can see how it works in this simulation governance meeting video  (1:27:58).

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