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Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage in Human Consciousness Paperback – 10 Feb 2014
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About the Author
Frederic Laloux works as an adviser, coach, and facilitator for corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. A former Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, he holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in coaching from Newfield Network in Boulder, Colorado.
His groundbreaking research in the field of emerging organizational models has been described as groundbreaking, brilliant, spectacular, impressive, and world-changing by some of the most respected scholars in the field of human development. Frederic Laloux lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife, Hélène, and their two children.
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If Teal organisations were long-established this book would be pointless. Laloux deserves to be read in the context of where we are. His examples are by and large new and different. The principles he offers are interesting and worthy of exploration. Some my be inspired by the vision of what is possible. Other may look at how far most organisations are from this possible future, how many constraints there are that will prevent change, and how it is unrealistic to even consider it. Reviews sometimes say as much about the reviewers as the book in question.
Laloux makes use of a simplified version of Spiral Dynamics integral as the developmental scaffolding for this book. He does not explain that theory and his presentation is necessarily an over-simplification. To do otherwise would have cluttered the story he is telling. But as one who knows what lies beneath, I encourage readers to trust that there is more here than is being supplied. According to that theory, books like this would be showing up now because our life conditions make it necessary that we find such solutions. It is my belief in the validity of the underlying theory which makes me confident that Laloux will turn out to have got a great deal right, and to have signposted the future with some accuracy. Time will tell.
Frederic Laloux's book is exceedingly well researched and presented. His arguments cogent and compelling. There is some repetition it is true. But this is actually an important element as few people are likely to read the book cover to cover as I have. More likely they will dip in to it to find what is pertinent to their situation and explore more deeply from there.
The book's contents have been well documented in other reviews on this site so I won't duplicate them. What I do want to mention though is Laloux's powerful use of effective imagery and metaphor to illuminate and reify his meaning. Not only does this make the book very readable and immediate, it also makes the ideas seem very sensible and indeed do-able. Why would we not want to shift from the worn out paradigm of the organisation as a clock to be wound up and set in predictable motion to the paradigm of the organisation as a natural living system engaging the intelligence, creativity and awareness of all those it touches enabling them to deal with real issues as they emerge in real time?
The problem is the practicality of how you put into place his ideas.
I will struggle to apply many of the principles but the book has made me think about areas that need to be addressed.