February 20, 2014
The way we manage organizations seems increasingly out of date.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. Businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies all suffer from power games and politics, from infighting and bureaucracy, from endless meetings in a seemingly never-ending succession of change and cost-cutting programs.
Deep inside, we long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. The solution, according to many progressive scholars, lies with more enlightened management. But in most cases, the system beats the individual – when managers or leaders go through an inner transformation, they often end up leaving their organization. They no longer want to play the game they are asked to play.
We need more enlightened leaders, but we need something more: enlightened organizational structures and practices. Is there even such a thing? Can we conceive of enlightened organizations?
In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organizations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway. Could it help us invent a radically more soulful and purposeful way to run our businesses and nonprofits, schools and hospitals?
The pioneering organizations researched for this book have already “cracked the code.” Their founders have fundamentally questioned every aspect of management and have come up with entirely new organizational methods. Even though they operate in very different industries and geographies and did not know of each other’s experiments, the structures and practices they have developed are remarkably similar. It’s hard not to get excited about this finding: a new organizational model seems to be emerging, and it promises a soulful revolution in the workplace.
Reinventing Organizations describes in practical detail how organizations large and small can operate in this new paradigm. Leaders, founders, coaches, and consultants will find this work a joyful handbook, full of insights, examples, and inspiring stories.
Frederic Laloux works as an advisor, coach, and facilitator for corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. A former associate partner with McKinsey & Company, he holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in coaching from Newfield network. His groundbreaking research in the field of emerging organizational models has been described as “groundbreaking,” “brilliant,” “spectacular,” “impressive,” and “world-change and” by some of the most respected scholars in the field of human development. Frederic Laloux lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife, Helene, and their two children.