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Holocracy and community engagement

Posted on Friday, July 17, 2015

We're paying a lot of attention to the buzz over a new organization management philosophy called Holacracy.

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CAN HOLACRACY BE APPLIED TO COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT?

"The traditional hierarchy is reaching its limits," Holacracy's founders state. "But 'flat management' alternatives lack the rigor needed to run a business effectively. Holacracy is a third way: it brings structure and discipline to a peer-to-peer workplace."

This decentralized model of management seems to be working for company's like Zappos and ARCA although reports are surfacing that mid-management is in a tailspin ... perhaps because their roles as gatekeepers are blown apart by Holacracy.

Elettore recently had the opportunity to introduce these new organizational principles at a board retreat for a non-profit organization. It seemed to us a solution to some of the engagement challenges the organization was having. To our pleasant surprise, the group enthusiastically embraced the idea of bringing holacratic practices into its volunteer-powered operation.

We will have the opportunity to monitor and follow their success and will report it here.