The Era of Self-Organisation Beyond Hierarchy is Here


Few people really understand it

Even fewer can truly practice

There’s a new story unfolding

About how humans organise

How we work together to achieve a purpose

It’s a story of flow... tension, alignment, difference, autonomy, constraints, unleashing collective intelligence

This new story includes self-organisation, wholeness & evolutionary purpose…

Whether you call it Teal, or evolution, or upgrading, or simply getting on with it; it’s happening whether you like it or not

And we all face the choice; of either adapting or fading away

Join us on a journey

Into this new, unfamiliar, confusing landscape

Where we all need guides

To help us differentiate from what we take for granted, connect with each other in new ways, adapt to the unpredictable

And evolve how we learn, work and live together

This process cannot be hurried

We are invited to pause

Slow down and fully engage

For what could be more important

Than to truly and deeply participate in life unfolding

Evolving how we learn, work and live together.

What is Self-Organisation Beyond Hierarchy? 

As it becomes increasingly apparent that the conventional management hierarchy is no longer adequate for today's volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous conditions, two other patterns of self-organisation are emerging beyond hierarchy: collaborative and agile. These patterns include the constituent parts of self-management, self-organisation and self-organising systems. This page explains some of these key terms.

Find out more in the online Introduction to Conscious Collaboration & Self-Organisation course.

Conscious Collaboration

Where people want to use specific tools or processes to replace top-down hierarchy with more collaborative, inclusive and participatory ways of working, without replacing the whole management structure.

More on this will be in the forthcoming Collaboration Toolkit course as part of the Upgrade your Teamwork package. 

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Self-Management/Self-Organisation

These terms or often used interchangeably: where some management functions are decentralised into self-managed teams which are empowered to work more autonomously and with less managerial oversight and control than in a conventional management hierarchy.

Find out more in the online Introduction to Conscious Collaboration & Self-Organisation course.

 

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Self-Organising Systems

Where leadership and management functions are distributed across a whole organisation as part of a coherent system. The most popular systems of self-organisation practices are Holacracy®, Sociocracy, S3 and the Viable Systems Model and there are many organisations which create their own versions. Online courses for how to choose/adopt/ create your own self-organising system are under development and coming soon.

More on this will be in the forthcoming Distributing Leadership course as part of the Upgrade your Teamwork package. 

 

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Systems of Systems

No system can completely meet all of an organisation's evolutionary needs by itself. As self-organisation practices mature in an organisation, gaps emerge which reveal the need for combining multiple systems/practices/tools/ processes/models such as Holacracy, Matrix Leadership, Language of Spaces into a coherent combination such as in the Symbiotic Enterprise or For Purpose Enterprise. Online courses for how to mature your self-organisation practices into a coherent system of systems are under development and coming soon. 

More on this will be in the forthcoming Adapt & Evolve Systems of Systems course as part of the Upgrade your Teamwork package. 

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