I am deep into my reading of the new book by Gary Hamel, co-authored by Michele Zanini: Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them (just published this month). I will present my synopsis of this book at the Sept. 4 First Friday Book Synopsis (on Zoom).
This is a very good, and important book.
The problem they are tackling is this: organizations have a tendency – an almost inescapable tendency – to add layer after layer of bureaucracy, thus squeezing the initiative, the innovation, the very passion out of the vast majority of people within the organization.
I have long been a fan of Gary Hamel’s “A Hierarchy of Human Capabilities at Work.” He wrote about this in his book What Matters Now. And I wrote about this a few years ago in this post: Moving Folks from “Obedience’ to “Passion” – Gary Hamel’s Six Levels of Human Capabilities at Work.
Here is his hierarchy (start at the bottom, and move up):
Level 6: Passion
Level 5: Creativity
Level 4: Initiative
Level 3: Expertise
Level 2: Diligence
Level 1: Obedience
He says that when people are just hired, if they are good employees, they start out with obedience, and then they move up one layer at a time. The world changes when you get to level 4. Now they are more and more self-directed, self-starting innovators.
This is what you want!
In this new book, he changes Level 6 from Passion to Daring. I like that. But the real point of this book is that the way organizaitons set up and grow into ever-larger bureaucracy, they squeeze the initiative, and crestiviy, and daring, right out of folks.
And, this is costly – costly to the bottom line, to society, and to the much better future that could be.
The authors point to a different way forward. That way is found not in bureaucracy, but in Humanocracy.
This is a needed, and important message.
I hope you can join us on our Zoom meeting, Sept. 4, 7:30 am. Here is the Zoom link:
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