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.