5つ星のうち5.0An inspiring leading-edge view, which deserves time and consideration
It's tough to write a leading-edge book. If it is ahead of its time, there will not be all the evidence yet. It is also a hostage to fortune - as we learn more, we may find it is not entirely correct.
If Teal organisations were long-established this book would be pointless. Laloux deserves to be read in the context of where we are. His examples are by and large new and different. The principles he offers are interesting and worthy of exploration. Some my be inspired by the vision of what is possible. Other may look at how far most organisations are from this possible future, how many constraints there are that will prevent change, and how it is unrealistic to even consider it. Reviews sometimes say as much about the reviewers as the book in question.
Laloux makes use of a simplified version of Spiral Dynamics integral as the developmental scaffolding for this book. He does not explain that theory and his presentation is necessarily an over-simplification. To do otherwise would have cluttered the story he is telling. But as one who knows what lies beneath, I encourage readers to trust that there is more here than is being supplied. According to that theory, books like this would be showing up now because our life conditions make it necessary that we find such solutions. It is my belief in the validity of the underlying theory which makes me confident that Laloux will turn out to have got a great deal right, and to have signposted the future with some accuracy. Time will tell.
A fascinating book that synthesises the history of organisations around five colour themed models: red, amber, orange green and teal. The latter colour essentially represents what many would call the spiritual organisation, that leaves behind performance management based systems (orange) designed to feed or punish the ego, and sets in train an approach that powers front line workers to make strategically important decisions. The very concept of 'management' is challenged in the most fundamental way.
5つ星のうち3.0Theoretically sound but difficult to apply
I started the book enthusiastically with lots of interest in the theories. The author is very persuasive and I found myself agreeing with much that he wrote. The problem is the practicality of how you put into place his ideas. I will struggle to apply many of the principles but the book has made me think about areas that need to be addressed.
5つ星のうち5.0Worth its weight in gold, for founders and culture builders
Almost a year ago, I was looking for a book that would provide some sense that we are not the only ones trying to build this sort of open culture. With incredibly luck or serendipity, I stumbled on Reinventing Organizations and read it cover to cover in a very short time. The book is a gold mine of practical ideas and concepts that can be applied to your business. Derived from actual companies rather than theoretical frameworks, it really presents some very solid foundations on which to build an open culture. We have since bought over 20 copies, and most people in the company have read it, and we have applied several key concepts from the book and it is providing us with guidelines for what to try next. It is incredibly that so much value can be derived from just one book. I cannot recommend this book enough, for all founders and culture-builders out there. If you’re trying to create an open company culture, this is worth its weight in gold.
Have not yet finished it but have a feeling I will be coming back to give it 5 stars. Really interesting read, great case studies and examples. Clearly written and offers an insight that is less radical than rational given the need to adapt to the rapid changes in communities and business. Already making me think about how I can apply some of the learns from this book. It has encouraged me to visit the website which was really informative, some great links to videos and podcasts expanding my understanding of this work. Think I will be recommending to all my leadership team.
5つ星のうち5.0The Future of Organisations (and Civilisation)?
This is a very timely book and one that everybody who works in enterprises in which people need to organise, collaborate and compete really should read. I hesitate to use the word 'should' but as we collectively continue to march into the future blind to (or in denial of) the consequences of our current organisational ways of doing and being, and deaf to the voices of those calling for ways to engage the energy, creativity and good sense of millions of workers, it would be dumb not to at least grapple with sound arguments for change.
Frederic Laloux's book is exceedingly well researched and presented. His arguments cogent and compelling. There is some repetition it is true. But this is actually an important element as few people are likely to read the book cover to cover as I have. More likely they will dip in to it to find what is pertinent to their situation and explore more deeply from there.
The book's contents have been well documented in other reviews on this site so I won't duplicate them. What I do want to mention though is Laloux's powerful use of effective imagery and metaphor to illuminate and reify his meaning. Not only does this make the book very readable and immediate, it also makes the ideas seem very sensible and indeed do-able. Why would we not want to shift from the worn out paradigm of the organisation as a clock to be wound up and set in predictable motion to the paradigm of the organisation as a natural living system engaging the intelligence, creativity and awareness of all those it touches enabling them to deal with real issues as they emerge in real time?
5つ星のうち5.0There is much useful material and some surprises
Reinventing Organisations by Frederic Laloux 360 pages Nelson Parker £14.95 in paperback
This very worthwhile book sets out a new framework for understanding the stages through which organisations have evolved and where they might go next. It describes interesting examples of organisations operating at the leading edge. Laloux backs this up with a supporting developmental philosophy. He spells out why his exemplars are different from the mainstream and how such evolution might be taking humanity towards a more sustainable and healthy way of organising.
There is much useful material and some surprises, especially when compared with the mainstream perspective on organisational change and management development. Of course, development is never as easy as mimicking how someone else gets great results in their specific circumstances. In spite of some critical comments (there are plenty of ‘non-believers’) rather than simplistic quick-fix solutions you will find here much to reflect upon that will stimulate enquiry and experimentation. It will strike a chord with many people in management. Some will react strongly, seeing the ideas it presents as a threat to their world view, whereas many will welcome it as offering hope for a better, more wholesome future.
Particularly telling is his remark “the level of consciousness of an organisation cannot exceed the level of consciousness of its leader”. (Or as we might say in other circumstances, a bunch of losers is unlikely to make a winning team). At Centre for Management Creativity we have consistently worked on changing the level of consciousness of client groups, many of whom were leadership teams in major companies. Unless those with overall responsibility are evolving, they are unable to guide the evolution of people throughout their organisations and hence the organisations cannot evolve.
Although maybe a little long and self-indulgent, the book can be mined for ideas and techniques as well as many colourful stories from real life. It is highly recommended.
I think this is landmark book which clearly points the way to a future where organisations can truly be forces for good in the world. I can't heap enough praise on this book. Pay attention to the brave subtitle: "A guide to Creating Organisations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness." I found the book thorough and rigorous and laden with practical illustrations and examples. It presents a credible alternative to our present day, fear driven, measurement and control approaches to running and leading organisations. It manges big picture perspectives and fine detail coverage. It turns on its head most conventional and business school wisdom about how to run successful corporations. If you have lost hope in our organisations, read this and be inspired.
This is a fantastic book on an alternative way to the bureaucratic hierarchical organisation structures that we see in the vast majority of companies that we come across. The book doesn't just cover the theory, but gives real life examples of companies that have adopted these alternative principles. It's well worth a read !
What an excellent, stimulating, energising set of ideas Frederic Laloux presents! The challenge of living teal principles in an amber organisation is high. Listening to him speak I wonder where he hopes that his concept will go from here. Will it remain as a good idea,or will it little by little transform our social assumptions. A current example of where there may be something teal-ish happening is the extension of the Labour Party's franchise to one man one vote and the surge in membership to 600,000, each one eligible to vote for the new leader. See how an orange organisation squirms as it is thrust into the world of green - is it heading for teal next?
5つ星のうち5.0Well worth reading for the professional and novice in Organisation Development
I have had many years in the work of developing organisations. I believe this is 'Right on the Button' for what comes next. A good read for anyone seriously considering what comes next in the evolution of organisations, and how they may be able to put this into practice.
Having set up an organisation that has tried to do things differently, we were struggling to fit into the healthcare world that we are in. This book given us an understanding of why it is a challenge to be different, but also shown that there is another way of doing things. The book contains many practical help and ideas, is well written and an intelligent read.
I've known about the levels of consciousness for many years but this is the first book that truly describes what form it might take in an organisation, and how to make it happen. This book and research offer such hope. I am still only part-way through but I can already see such potential for transformation. The initial challenge is (1) finding those leaders who want to make this happen and (2) helping our politicians and organisational leaders to become aware of an alternate way of thinking about the world of work!
5つ星のうち5.0Brilliantly written and hugely helpful to anyone that has to ...
Brilliantly written and hugely helpful to anyone that has to navigate the modern workplace. Makes our old hierarchical systems look desperately old and horribly inefficient. Great amount of quality research, and instructions and guidelines that cover the majority of questions. An inspirational read.