Do you need a team "at the top"?
Category: (Mis-) understanding self-management
Many self-managing organizations still have a team "at the top". For instance, in some factories, each self-managing team sends a "representative" to a coordinating circle. In Sociocracy and Holacracy, you have a General Circle.
This is not incompatible with self-management, but let's pause and wonder: is such a team really needed? Or are we perhaps still dealing with a remnant of old thinking, a lack of imagination of how things could work without a team "at the top"?
In this video I'll share 4 reasons why I believe that having such a dedicated team might not be a good idea, and what the alternative can look like.
I'll also briefly share the example of one company that, as a first step in the transition, kept its top team, but drastically reduced its scope.
My hope is for the comments below the video to surface our collective wisdom on the topic. This could enrich the videos tremendously.
Have you experienced something similar in your own journey? What did you do about it? If you have something meaty to share, please add a link to an article, a video ... Feel free to agree or disagree with what I say, but always: please keep it on topic, relevant, practical. And of course, let's keep things respectful and kind. Please don't comment if what you say is off-topic or wouldn't benefit viewers of this page.