On Monday & Tuesday 22nd / 23rd of September the team of Structure & Process (http://structureprocess.com/) is meeting in Berlin.
You can join us on Tuesday from 14.00 to 16.00 to get to know us, introduce yourself and explore collaboration opportunities. Martin Röll will be giving an introduction to Holacracy, the operating system for purposeful organisations.
Holacracy is a technique for purposeful collaboration, that enables team members to maintain large autonomy in their roles. A sophisticated communication process maintains synchronization between partners.
Get in contact with email@example.com if you’d like to join! We will be at BetaHaus Berlin, Moritzplatz, Prinzessinnenstrasse 19-20, 10969 Berlin.
When: Tue, 23rd Sep, 2 pm – 4 pm
An interesting quote jumped out at me from Brian Robertson’s article on the History of Holacracy®:
“build the healthiest possible system where people thrive.”
Reimo Sandau, who I met in the afternoon, emphasized the word choice to me: “thrive”.
We have been struggling to clearly capture our company purpose in words for quite some time. “Structure & Process” is WHAT we build, WHAT we deliver. But WHY do we do it? What is the _purpose_ of building structures & processes? What are we really working for or towards? WHY is this work important?
Yesterday, we captured this formally in our company purpose for the first time: “Effective collaboration through clear structure and process” became: “People thriving in collaboration, through clear structure & process”.
It is longer and maybe not as smooth, but it is a start to put at the centre of our purpose the core of what this really is about: People. “Thriving.” Living, learning and growing as they work together. Being fully alive.
intransitive verb \ˈthrīv\
: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
This may evolve into “people and organisations thriving” if we consider organisations to have a life of their own, but this will be up to a future governance meeting to decide. :)
Joyful work. Meaningful conversations. Clarity of purpose.
If you’d like to join us, there is plenty of work to be done! We are grateful for new collaborators and for opportunities to apply our skills – helping people thrive in collaboration. Let us know if you see any potential in your environment!
Have a great summer.
“Sometimes I think the work of a facilitator and business consultant is all about moving some chairs.”
(– Tanja Korvenmaa)
Continue reading Moving Chairs – Before and After (or: why we are called “Structure & Process”)
Through a partnership with iGi Partners, one of the most experienced Licensed Holacracy Providers, we can now offer you company-internal Holacracy Discovery Sessions, delivered by Holacracy Master Coach Bernard Marie Chiquet.
In these events, your own organisation is set up as if it was running on Holacracy. You can experience Holacracy’s Tactical and Governance Meetings and get an intensive impression of what it is like to work under this business operating system. This allows you to decide wether to continue with testing or implementing Holacracy or try other routes.
Please contact us if you are interested in experiencing this in your organisation!
Our latest governance meeting minutes are online. Changes include new supporting roles (Proofreader, Sales Intelligence, Czech Translator) and a separation of the previous “Idea Sharing” role into Publications and Events.
To understand better what roles mean and how they evolve, see our blogpost Clarifying roles and accountabilities in Holacracy. And if you are inspired by any of what you see, please consider joining us!
A team relies on the effectiveness and productivity of its individual members. That is why we have taken up a new Personal Productivity offering into our service offerings. We offer personal training and coaching for effectiveness, productivity and personal organisation.
With the individuals well-organised, the team can develop its full capacity.
And with a well-organised team, personal productivity actually makes sense.
We are looking for new partners to join our company. Please see our Partnership page for details!
In our company, we use Holacracy as our Operating Model: it allows us to develop great clarity on what we actually do (what our work processes are) and who does what (who is responsible for taking a particular action).
The functions and accountabilities are captured in Roles, and are being refined in Governance Meetings. You can study all of our company’s roles in our public governance records and there is a history of Governance and Tactical Meeting minutes available too.
(Note: since publishing this article, we have restructured the company, making most links in the following paragraphs not functional anymore.)
If you look at this morning’s governance meeting, you can see the subtleties of governance in Holacracy. For example
- we noticed that nobody was actually responsible for maintaining lists of participants of our events. We captured this as a new accountability for our Events Outreach Role. Having responsibilities in Sales and Marketing and Idea Sharing, I can relax now, knowing that this is being taken care of by Tanja in her Events Outreach role.
The changes made to the Collaboration Logistics and Sales Operations roles also reflect these small, better understandings of the business functions. (See the minutes to see the changes highlighted.)
Continue reading Clarifying roles and accountabilities in Holacracy – our April 8th Governance Meeting explained
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In this issue we present our Strategy Planning Workshops, announce this website and blog, speak more about Holacracy and have a note on enlarging our partnership with a description of the ideal person to join us. More on that here, soon.
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