Introducing Holacracy: A New Management System for Purpose-Driven Organizations

Organizations are the most powerful force for progress on the planet. Yet even the most consciously run business is often limited by an organizational structure that’s not designed to support a dynamic, purpose-driven company. Sometimes those within achieve great results despite the organization’s management structure, but rarely because of it – more often it subtly works against efforts to nurture a conscious, empowered culture. There has to be a better way.

Holacracy is a fundamentally different “operating system” for an organization, with a new approach to clarifying accountability, distributing power, and structuring an organization’s functions and flows. It operates without a traditional top-down management hierarchy, and yet its alternative approach to structuring a company allows the alignment, clarity, and rapid decision-making that are often lacking in “flat” organizations.

This session introduces the core principles and practices of Holacracy through presentation, Q&A, and stories of companies using the method. Participants will leave with a vision for a completely novel way to structure an organization, and key questions to consider around how their organization’s structure interplays with building a conscious culture and purpose-driven business.

Brian Robertson

Brian J. Robertson created Holacracy, a new management system which distributes authority and decision-making throughout an organization, and defines people not by hierarchy and titles, but by roles. He is the author of Holacracy: the New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World and the founder of Holacracy One, the organization that is training people and companies all over the world in this new system. Robertson had previously launched a successful software company, where he first introduced the principles that would become Holacracy, making him not just a management theorist, but someone who has successfully implemented a holacracy-powered organization. He lives in Philadelphia.


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