Holacracy. It rhymes with democracy but refers to a system for governing businesses and organizations that is as radically new and every bit as exciting as democracy was a couple hundred years ago. Brian Robertson, a young software entrepreneur, coined the term to describe what he calls “the healthiest possible system where enlightenment thrives.” By enlightenment, he means enlightenment for the organization itself, not simply for the individuals who work within it.
In this week’s audio, Robertson tells WIE’s Elizabeth Debold the story of holacracy—how it was born, why it produces a consistently robust bottom line for his software company, and what its potential is for altering the way business is conducted in a rapidly changing world. During the course of the interview, Robertson makes it clear that holacracy is not a model, idea, or theory, but a practice. He describes several of its essential components in detail and explains how they work together to produce dynamic organizational structures that can respond swiftly and creatively to any situation. By the end of this visionary and very inspiring conversation, Robertson and Debold have elevated the practicality of running a business into an exploration of the evolutionary process itself.
Recorded on: 12/14/2007
Business And Spirituality