Modern management practices and self-organizing teams

Modern organizations rely on small autonomous self-organizing teams to achieve better results – faster!

« Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. »

Margaret Mead

The organization is a living organism. Employees are living cells.

In the 21st century organizations aren’t simply hiring resources. They are looking for adaptable and entrepreneurial individuals. The goods news is that many employees are not just looking for a paycheck, they are looking for meaningful work and opportunities to develop their skills. This creates an opportunity to redesign your organization for the 21st century.

In an age where organizations no longer have the luxury of time to escalate problems and decisions up and down the chain of command, decision-making authority has to be decentralized. But how do you trust employees with more decision making power without creating chaos and losing control?

Bureaucratic processes, silo-ed organizations and multiple layers of hierarchy used to be the best way to manage an organization when tasks could be divided into small components, manual work was the norm and the environment was stable and predictable – but that world is gone! In a world where a rapid change can disrupt « business-as-usual » overnight, organizations need to be flexible, adaptable in order to be resilient. As such, an increasing number of organizations are deploying small self-organizing teams to successfully navigate the volatile and unpredictable environment in which business now operate.

« The organization’s speed and capacity to adapt depends on the speed and capacity of its employees to adapt. Employees’ adaptability is based on their ability to quickly integrate the newly desired behaviours. »

Implementing self-organizing teams without losing control

Are you considering setting up autonomous self-organizing teams and want to avoid the main pitfalls and frequent mistakes? Wherever you are in the implementation process, we offer various services to support you and accompany you during this transition.

Our coaching consists of supporting the leaders and their teams that are starting their self-organizing process. We first establish a clear definition of the team’s sandbox (team mission, objectives to be achieved, constraints to be respected and operating standards) prior to accompanying the teams through their ongoing activities.

Our coaching aims to accelerate the establishment of a solid foundation and resolve the challenges encountered during the implementation of self-organization. The coach participates in team governance meetings and assists team members in developing their autonomy and taking responsibility. During these meetings, the coach also offers an agile approach to holding meetings in order to make them effective and enjoyable.