If you are interested in the best way for people to work together in organizations, you must read Dee Hock's account of the founding and development of Visa. His thinking has played a key role for those who are trying to apply chaos and complexity theory to organizations, and to seminal thinkers like Peter Senge and Arie de Geus.
Now, you can read the simple, humble thoughts that can turn ordinary people into extraordinary combinations of effectiveness. I loved the aphorisms interspaced through the book and the down-to-earth way that Dee Hock shared his experiences and thoughts.
Think of this as the opposite of Chainsaw Al, and with greater results.
Anyone who wants to move beyond the command and control culture that tends to dominate in most organizations should read Dee Hock's account of Chaordic Organizations in the new Chaordic Age.
If you liked The Fifth Discipline, The Dance of Change, The Soul at Work or The Living Company, this is must reading for you.
on 23 February 2002
Nelson Mandela's statue on the South Bank has a quote form him as follows - "The Struggle Is My Life".
Dee Hock lived a fulfilling life of struggle in engaging co-operation from numerous disparate banking organisations to form an organisation that does not exist in the usual sense. Visa is a Chaordic organisation. It is based on a fundamental philosophical understanding of the mathematical science of Chaos Theory or as Waldrup calls it Complexity.
A huge proportion of us go off to work or are serviced by bureaucractic organisations which are hierarchical downward coercive power driven historical anomolies.
What does this millenia hold for use - bureaucratic anarchy or as Dee Hock describes the Chaordic organisation.
There are two levels:
There is the fascinating business operatic tale of the development of VISA.
Then there is Old Monkey Mind - putting VISA and Dee's perspective into a world changing, developing and equitably harmonious possibility
Will Birth of the Chaordic Age become real in our life time. With the fluttering of many individual 'butterflies wings' of chaos theory experiEncing Nelson Mandella's 'the struggle is my life' it could be.
It could be if you read the book and live your version of the Chaordic Age.