In a world of unrelenting change and unprecedented challenges, we need organizations that are resilient and daring.
Unfortunately, most organizations, overburdened by bureaucracy, are sluggish and timid. In the age of upheaval, top-down power structures and rule-choked management systems are a liability. They crush creativity and stifle initiative. As leaders, employees, investors, and citizens, we deserve better. We need organizations that are bold, entrepreneurial, and as nimble as change itself. Hence this book.
In Humanocracy, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a passionate, data-driven argument for excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better. Drawing on more than a decade of research and packed with practical examples, Humanocracy lays out a detailed blueprint for creating organizations that are as inspired and ingenious as the human beings inside them.
Critical building blocks include:Motivation: Rallying colleagues to the challenge of busting bureaucracy
Models: Leveraging the experience of organizations that have profitably challenged the bureaucratic status quo
Mindsets: Escaping the industrial age thinking that frustrates progress
Mobilization: Activating a pro-change coalition to hack outmoded management systems and processes
Migration: Embedding the principles of humanocracy—ownership, markets, meritocracy, community, openness, experimentation, and paradox—in your organization's DNA
If you've finally run out of patience with bureaucratic bullshit . . .
If you want to build an organization that can outrun change . . .
If you're committed to giving every team member the chance to learn, grow, and contribute . . .
. . . then this book's for you.
Whatever your role or title, Humanocracy will show you how to launch an unstoppable movement to equip and empower everyone in your organization to be their best and to do their best. The ultimate prize: an organization that's fit for the future and fit for human beings.
|Publisher:||Harvard Business Review Press|
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About the Author
Michele Zanini is a cofounder of the Management Lab, where he helps large organizations become more adaptable, innovative, and engaging places to work. Zanini is an alumnus of McKinsey & Company and the RAND Corporation and holds degrees from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.
Visit humanocracy.com to learn more.
Table of Contents
Part 1 The Case for Humanocracy: Why Poke the Bureaucratic Beehive?
1 Fully Human 3
2 Bureaucracy in the Dock 23
3 Counting the Cost 43
Part 2 Humanocracy in Action: Can We Really Go Bureaucracy-Free?
4 Nucor: Building People Not Products 65
5 Haier: Everyone an Entrepreneur 85
Part 3 The Principles of Humanocracy: What's the DNA of a Human-Centric Organization?
6 Principles over Practices 105
7 The Power of Ownership 111
8 The Power of Markets 125
9 The Power of Meritocracy 139
10 The Power of Community 157
11 The Power of Openness 177
12 The Power of Experimentation 199
13 The Power of Paradox 211
Part 4 The Path to Humanocracy: How Do We Get There?
14 Michelin: First Steps 237
15 Start Here 257
16 Scale It Up 277
Appendix A The Bureaucratic Mass Index Survey 297
Appendix B Sizing Up the Bureaucratic Class 301
About the Authors 335