As I find my seat on the flight back to Houston from LA, I started the usual pleasantry with the passenger seating nearby the window. Very fast the chat becomes an interesting discussion as the passenger, Michelle, began to share with my her project while I explain to her my passion and what I’m doing to spread it.
Michelle is working for several months on a new initiative, that I believe, is going to disrupt HR significantly. After she heard my journey, Michelle shared that she is looking to set up her company in a new way. She finds self-management, wholeness and purpose based organization as a better fit for her vision than the traditional current hierarchical/flat structures. When she asked me how she should start her journey, I thought that it might be a good idea to share my thoughts with everyone.
I believe that the first step when thinking about starting a new company (or radically change your current organization) based on Wholeness, self-management, and purpose is to make sure you have a clear understanding of core principles (not more than 10) that will govern your behavior, culture and decision making.
Make sure that you articulate these core principles in a way that not just you, but other people who are new to your organization will understand them, even 100 years from now.
Those are the principles that I shared with Michelle. I hope that you find them useful. Please use them just if you 100% agree with them.
Always say, use and seek the truth, even if it’s not convenient! Be true to yourself, and what you believe. When communicating with peers, customers, vendors, and even competitors always tell the truth. It’s better not to answer a question, rather than reply with a lie. It’s not enough to believe that you know the truth and you are right, Always make sure that you can prove to you and others your truth.
Be as a transparent as you can with anyone that you work and interact. Any member of our organization should know and understand any decision, from compensations to the company strategy and from success to failure. Never hide any information and always raise the flag. Use transparency to understand any decision and to give feedback to anyone. Transparency creates a high level of trust, so use it all the time.
Radical leading from mistakes
We are all human beings that make mistakes, no exceptions. Making a mistake is natural, but it’s necessary to learn from mistakes to prevent them from reoccurring. Anyone should fill safe to communicate their errors, by doing so you are not going to be impacted negatively. We all need to learn from our own and other people mistakes without creating a blaming culture. Learning from errors is crucial for continuous improvement, so make sure you understand and embrace it!
Every one of us has greatness and weaknesses, being aware of them makes you a better person. Working in an environment that actively encourage people to be better creates a better working place. Continuously work and explore better ways to learn yourself and to be more aware of how you are impacting other people as well as how different people influence you. Make sure that you communicate weaknesses that you want to work on. If other people know what you are working on, they can help you to reach your goals.
For so many years most humans were told what they need to do. It starts during the industrial revolution, and it’s still here to different degrees. We want people that are the opposite, people that can manage themselves, that can think forward, find problems and take action to change what they believe is needed. Leaders are always required, you can see them everywhere in nature, but managers are not. Leaders should be the result of meritocracy, the only one that you can and will manage is yourself. self-management is not a replacement for execution and accountability, on the contrary, self-management requires you to be responsible for your and your group execution and accountability. As a self-managed group, we need to take care of all challenges we see. There aren’t any manager you can complain to, and they will resolve your issues, you have to solve your issues! Whenever you identify a problem, roll your sleeves and fix it.
Clear and noble purpose
As a company, we should always have a noble purpose that we’re pursuing. Our noble purpose should explain precisely how we as a group of people are going to make the world better or help our community. Any member of our company should know our purpose and should be committed to it. Any group within the organization should have a purpose that derived from the company purpose.