These days, there seems to be a massive interest in less hierarchical, more liberated approaches to work. “Agile,” sociocracy, Holacracy, “teal,” self-management, and other management techniques are now of great interest to a growing number of companies around the world.
As you probably would have expected, we believe this to be a very positive thing. These approaches—when done well—have the power to boost all sorts of good, desirable things, such as:
And the list goes on and on.
The popularity contest
Unfortunately, there is a downside to the growing hype surrounding these new ways of working. The problem is precisely that: popularity.
And because these methods are becoming more and more popular, tons of companies are becoming interested in them for all the wrong reasons—what a surprise.[…]