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Let’s Play: An Approach to Organizational Structure

Let’s Play: An Approach to Organizational Structure
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Transformation Sketch by Maria Anes, illustrated by Andy Baraja.

Let’s play! What attributes of authority do you see this picture? (This isn’t a trick question!)

There actually aren’t any visuals that traditionally represent authority. There’s no one telling others what to do and there aren’t others waiting for orders. These people don’t convey a feeling of being under pressure; they actually look like they are having fun… almost opposite of the emotions we typically associate with the organizational models we are most familiar.

So, it might be a surprise to hear that there is authority depicted here, but it is authority using the Holacracy Model. This model responds to complexity by placing specific focus on the purpose, roles, and responsibilities of employees, instead of their positions and it relates authority to a structure of Circles of people are formed based on roles (instead of titles) and around groups of functions.

The rules of the game in this image don’t look too dramatic, and they definitely seem more agile and flexible than if this sketch was of people working in more traditional models.

The Holacracy Model has the ability to transform everything, adapt any form of work, and understand the needs of the business. Remember, it only takes two people to start having fun.

Learn how one company’s, Eboca, HR Department implemented the Holacracy Model to transform their organization into a happier, more authentic place to work.

Holacracy is just one idea!

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About the Author

Maria Anes

Maria Anes

Maria Anes, Netmind Business Development Manager in Lean and Agile Instructors, helps teams to drive, promote, and lead the digital transformation of the organizations she works with by transforming their work culture, developing their digital competencies, and promoting continuous learning. She enjoys digging in to understand the needs of each client, defining their strategy, designing each solution, disseminating knowledge, and learning from her experiences. Maria’s work with Netmind is centered around Lean and Agile strategy, People and Culture development, implementing Agile frameworks, designing change and learning programs, promoting innovation, and facilitating a remote work environment. She is also passionate about football (soccer), art, music, and learning. Maria holds a degree in Psychology and her list of accreditations includes Professional Scrum Master, Kanban Management Professional, ICAgile Certified Instructor, Change Management Practitioner, SAFe Agilist (SA), Collaboration Superpowers Facilitator, Lean Change Agent, Lean Practitioner, and Lego® Serious Play® Method Facilitator. Follow her on LinkedIn.

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