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Reinventing Organizations Paperback – February 20, 2014
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"Congratulations on a spectacular treatise! This is truly pioneering work. In terms of integral sophistication, there is simply nothing like it out there."
--Ken Wilber, from the Foreword
"The most exciting book I've read in years on organization design and leadership models."
--Jenny Wade, Ph.D., Author of Changes of Mind
"A book like Reinventing Organizations only comes along once in a decade. Sweeping and brilliant in scope, it is the Good To Great for a more enlightened age.
What it reveals about the organizational model of the future is exhilarating and deeply hopeful."
--Norman Wolfe, Author of The Living Organization
"A comprehensive, highly practical account of the emergent worldview in business. Everything you need to know about building a new paradigm organization!"
--Richard Barrett, Chairman and Founder, Barrett Values Center
"Frederic Laloux has done business people and professionals everywhere a signal service. He has discovered a better future for organizations by describing, in useful detail, the unusual best practices of today."
--Bill Torbert, Author of Action Inquiry
"As the rate of change escalates exponentially, the old ways of organizing and educating, which were designed for efficiency and repetition, are dying. Frederic Laloux is one of the few management leaders exploring what comes next. It's deeply different."
--Bill Drayton, Founder, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public --Advance praise
About the Author
Frederic Laloux works as an adviser, coach, and facilitator for corporate leaders who feel called to explore fundamentally new ways of organizing. A former Associate Partner with McKinsey & Company, he holds an MBA from INSEAD and a degree in coaching from Newfield Network in Boulder, Colorado.
His groundbreaking research in the field of emerging organizational models has been described as groundbreaking, brilliant, spectacular, impressive, and world-changing by some of the most respected scholars in the field of human development. Frederic Laloux lives in Brussels, Belgium, with his wife, Hélène, and their two children.
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I initially found the book challenging to read. The beginning section of the book takes an in-depth look at the societal stages of development, levels of consciousness, culture and the types of organizations found in each of the different stages. This in depth study is done through the eyes of evolutionary, developmental and integral theory.
Laloux notes that every transition to a new stage has resulted in significant changes to the human experience. Each stage is identified by a specific, designated color – infrared, magenta, red, amber, orange and green. This book is about the new emerging stage being referred to as the teal stage of development and especially the organizations that will be found in this stage.
After describing the overall look of the teal stage, the author focused the remainder of the book on the nature and framework of the emerging teal organization. There are actually a number of existing teal organizations portrayed in the book.
I found it very interesting to read about these organizations. Once I made it through the initial portion of the book focused on the various historical stages of development, my reading of the book went along quite well. I was glad I did not set the book aside during the early going.
If you are interested in the study of organizations, or if you are curious as to what the organization of the future might look like, this book should be a must read. I know I am glad I read it.
But what I really love is that Laloux challenges individuals, too, to abandon the miserable safety of top-down hierarchies and become the self-directed, purposeful workers needed by enlightened enterprises.
A wonderful, hopeful book.
I am currently teaching a course on Organization Development at a university to a group of doctoral students in their final term of coursework. Reinventing Organizations is hot off the press. The syllabus for the course has been distributed, but I’m inviting the students to add this book to our reading list. It will be a great follow-up to another book I’m using – Stewardship by Peter Block. When students read this book they always ask, “Do you know anywhere where Block’s ideas are practiced?” I can now refer them to Reinventing Organizations. I highly recommend it for your leadership library.
The "Teal" organization as he calls it - and the Teal person - are well documented and repeatable, if still evolving concepts. I for one will be integrating the lessons from this book into all future organizational work I do.
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