The anatomy of the agile organization is circular

Janne Korhonen has written a post on the anatomy of the agile enterprise. His message is that the future of governance is circular. I fully agree. What he does is to describe the dynamic governance structure which is based on the circle organization. I think he is absolutely right because the circular shape is central not only to sociocracy, but also to Large Group Methods such as Open Space Technology and The Circle Way, just to mention a few. I think this is what the shift in management thinking really is about – a movement from pyramids to circles. Do not let the simplicity of this metaphor fool you. We are talking about a fundamental shift in perspectives – from hierarchical pyramids to egalitarian circles, from centralized leadership in the top to distributed leadership everywhere. The circular form is absolutely necessary because it enables us to move towards whole-organizational agility. It is simply not possible to be agile in a pyramid. Only circles can do the job.

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Implementing sociocracy without sociocracy
Sociocracy as practiced by the G/wi
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Cultural dimensions of sociocracy
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Related posts in Swedish:
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Hur införa sociokrati i en organisation (del 2)?
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En historisk tillbakablick på kväkarnas beslutsmetod
Sociokratibok: Idag publiceras boken
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Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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