11 Steps To Building And Developing Great Self-Organized Teams

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11 Steps To Building And Developing Great Self-Organized Teams

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In organizations that want to become more self-organized,and less hierarchical, the quality of their teams is a key element of success. But, how do you build a solid team? How do you create a team that is able to take its own decisions and act autonomously? In this two-part article, we’ll explain what it takes to build a strong team, from an organizational design perspective, and we’ll address how teams can continue to develop once they are self-organized.

The top 5 questions you must ask yourself before implementing self-management

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The top 5 questions you must ask yourself before implementing self-management

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From large banks to small tech start-ups and from healthcare giants to engineering companies: more and more organizations are discovering the power of small, self-managing teams. That can be a good way to work faster and more customer-oriented. However, in our advisory practice we encounter painful mistakes and stranded projects on a regular basis. To help you achieve self-management success, we’ve written a series of articles addressing the five main questions you need to ask yourself before embarking on a transformation towards self-management.

Four Things That Every Self-Managed Team Needs To Be Successful

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Four Things That Every Self-Managed Team Needs To Be Successful

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Imagine you work in an organization that’s in the twilight zone between traditional management and self-management. The company has decided to try out this new “wonder medicine” called self-management and you’re now suddenly responsible for your own goals and results. Feeling confused or maybe even anxious? You’re not alone. Many organizations that have started thinking of self-management as a new organizational mode, are doing so without really equipping their teams to handle the change. They either sack the complete management or say the managers need to transform into coaches.

Control Is Just An Illusion - Democracy Is The Real Thing

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Control Is Just An Illusion - Democracy Is The Real Thing

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We live in the age of information and companies, irrespective of their size, are increasingly becoming aware of how workplace democracy can actually be good for business. Millennials, who are beginning to dominate workforces across the globe, are gravitating towards jobs that offer big money like corporate companies and a democratic setting like startups. However, the large companies that are trying to embrace democratic principles, aren’t doing so on the whim of their Millennial workforce alone. The marketplace today is highly fluid, with nimble, tech-savvy customers who won’t think twice before jumping ships.

Small Organizations Big On Democracy

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Small Organizations Big On Democracy

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When you think of smaller organizations, particularly startups, the image that pops into your head is probably one of young people in informal set ups, making decisions together. Everybody at the table is equal because every idea counts and the discussion is usually unhindered by agenda. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any working hierarchy in smaller organizations - there are still the people who founded the company and those who joined the team later on. However, their hierarchy is more fluid because that’s what works in their fast-moving environment, where ideas need to freeflow and people need to be given the flexibility to deliver results in their own way. Simply put, smaller organizations are inherently democratic, with co-workers feeling safe enough to be honest with each other and with themselves.