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Leading a Living Organization. All living systems share three common properties (Capra) Interdependence with other networked systems Self-organizing capacity Co-evolution with their environments. Organize (Dictionary Definition).

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leading a living organization
Leading a Living Organization
  • All living systems share three common properties (Capra)
    • Interdependence with other networked systems
    • Self-organizing capacity
    • Co-evolution with their environments
organize dictionary definition
Organize (Dictionary Definition)
  • Give organic structure to: provide with the structure and interdependence of parts which subserves vital processes; form into a living being (italics added)
  • Become a systemic whole; become coordinated
four trends in the evolution of organizations
Four Trends in the Evolution of Organizations
  • Strong culture organizations: collective beliefs, spirit
  • High-involvement organizations: participation, decentralization
  • Team-based organizations: groups, networks
  • Learning organizations: continuous improvement, transformation
key features of new ideal type organizational form
Key Features of New “Ideal Type” Organizational Form
  • Purpose
  • Design
  • Governance
  • Membership
  • Leadership
  • Rewards
  • Learning

Harder, Robertson, and Woodward

  • Contribute to individual and collective well-being
  • Principle of harm minimization
  • Responsible for negative externalities
  • Responsive to interests of all stakeholders
  • Social network, “cellular” form of organization
  • Minimize hierarchy with primary focus on horizontal relationships
  • Self-organizing cells that are autonomous yet interdependent
  • Normative control through strong culture based on shared mission and values
  • “Inside-out” model of governance
  • Self-managing system reflecting principles of democracy and subsidiarity
  • Full inclusion and open participation in relevant decisions
  • Integrative, consensus-based decision processes
  • Citizenship based on covenantal relationships
  • Egalitarian with context-specific authority
  • Individuality and creativity grounded in respect for diversity
  • Continuance dependent on mutual agreement
  • Distributed throughout the organization
  • Stewardship and servant leadership
  • Facilitative rather than controlling
  • Productive power and reciprocal influence
  • Explicit contracts regarding terms of exchange
  • Based on 360-degree performance evaluations
  • Collective determination of equitable distribution
  • Considerable use of intrinsic rewards
  • Adaptability through continuous improvement and innovation
  • Critical role of individual and organizational feedback
  • Importance of regular reflection on “process”
  • Information systems that enable open access to relevant information