• Holacracy

  • The New Management System for a Rapidly Changing World
  • By: Brian J. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Robertson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (333 ratings)

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By: Brian J. Robertson
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Holacracy distributes authority and decision making throughout an organization and defines people not by hierarchy and titles but by roles. Holacracy creates organizations that are fast and agile and that succeed by pursuing their purpose, free from the tyranny of top-down planning that's instantly out of date.

This isn't anarchy - it's quite the opposite. When you start to follow Holacracy, you learn to create new structures and ways of making decisions that empower the people who know the most about the work your company does: your frontline colleagues. Some of the many champions of Holacracy include Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com (and author of the number one New York Times best seller Delivering Happiness); Evan Williams (cofounder of Blogger, Twitter, and Medium); and David Allen.

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mostly about facilitation


This book is mostly about facilitation. The author talks some about the polocracy constitution but that seems to basically define how meetings will be facilitated. that said, there are a number of interesting points about alternative methods to facilitate and how to keep things running smoothly. there are specific facilitation methods for how to change your organization but the book seems to focus mostly on how to run the meeting.

It is worth reading but I was hoping for something a little more comprehensive.

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Good Approach, Not a Book for A Single Read

The concept is very interesting and promising. But I found it a bit hard to follow from audio book format because it is hard to visualize the explanations without seeing physically. Also the book tells a method. So critical points should be bookmarked and listened repeatedly.

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Incredible ideas for a world that desperately need them

This book defines a new paradigm that does so many things which organizations and the world need including clearly defining an organizations purpose and getting everyone in the organization to use their minds to achieve that purpose. When we unleash all of the brainpower and discretionary effort that is currently wasted in the world we will see incredible increases in productivity and innovation. This book provides a system to unlock that incredible potential. Organizations and individuals will benefit immeasurably.

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Interesting read

Interesting & structured approach. Possibly a good environment to develop emotional intelligence.
Interested to see if it's scalable.

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Socialism for Corporations

Something about this book bothered from me from the start... the feeling only got worse as I continued to listen. The principles taught in here will not work for most businesses. I do not recommend reading this book unless suggested by a collegue. I feel less intellegent for sufferring through it.

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Consensus killer

Missing the visualization as usual with audio books. But inspired to kill consensus in organizations. Especially useless committees in sports clubs.

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Succinct, clearly outlined, comprehensive guide

Succinct, clearly outlined, comprehensive guide to adopting Holacracy. 4-hour listen seems to flow in line with the efficient principles of this system. I am feeling energized to try Holacracy in founding our intentional community!

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Great idea

this is a great topic to cover so please keep coverage on this subject ⭐ more

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Thorough run through holacracy rules and behaviors

Good explanation on what holacracy is, how it works and how to introduce it into an organisation.

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Informative boredom

I so looked forward to an interesting read. I enjoyed the concept and am intrigued by the possibilities. My displeasure came not from the new-wave perspective on self-organization, that was enlightening, but from the verbose delivery of the author. I agree with other reviewers in this forum: less would certainly be more as to the too-many words used. That alone made this book difficult to get through. That aside, the construct presented could certainly work if given the chance. Thanks to the author for sharing this ground breaking system.

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  • 08-21-17

Dungeons & Dragons for Organisations

Quite possibly the most boring book I have ever listened to, once I got used to the semi robotic machine gun style narration. The sentiment of Holocracy is laudable, hierarchies are increasingly useless business structures, and yes evolutionary concepts, methods and tools are the way forward. We live and work in webs not pyramids. But oh boy, this is how to design an organisation if: you've high functioning autism, spent years of your life playing Dungeons and Dragons, grew up a dweeb, graduated to techie geek, got employed as a nerd, confused the arse out of everyone by trying to brain dump everything you know into the answer to every question you're asked, got sad, dropped out to smoke weed and then woke up one morning and said, I'm going to run my own business. Then when in true self motivating style, you had a tidy up, found your old Dungeons and Dragons set and thought, oh, I've got an idea. Annoyingly, every hour or so the mind numbing stuff gets interrupted by a fabulous nugget of insight, so you just got to keep listening. I did and it was worth it.

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  • Gareth
  • 03-08-21

A blueprint for the future of team working

Self-managing teams that have the power to make decisions without being swamped in bureaucracy sounds like a boring concept- but it is part of a revolution that can transform the business world. Holacracy is a blueprint or off-the-shelf solution for companies to adopt and implement to be a part of this exciting future. Superbly written with great wisdom and clarity. The author makes complex topics easy to understand. I’m likely to put it into practice in my company..

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  • JW
  • 08-13-18

overly Simplistic. however some useful ideas

useful ideas. does not tackle heirachy of competence. the person doing the work is not always the best placed to make decisions. the opening story illustrates this. as a novice pilot he was not competent at making decisions involving the mechanics of the plane.

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  • SSP
  • 06-14-16

Not a self improvement book

This is a great book if you own a company and need to completely change the way it is run for the modern working world that we live in.

As a lifetime employee, I totally resonate with the basis of the book. It helps people who are disengaged and feel they don't have the power to do anything positive in the workplace to understand that there is another way. It also helps managers who have tried everything to make positive changes yet fail every time.

I read a lot of self improvement books. This is not really a book in that category per se. I would give this book a five star review if you are a company owner, and a three star review if you simply love reading self improvement books like me.

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  • Roger Eduardo
  • 02-15-21

not deep enough

it didn't answer fundamental questions about running a business like hiring and career progression for employees. It says how not to do it though

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  • John F, Brisbane
  • 04-11-18

Good book but ...

He goes well to begin with but systems don’t cure everything. If you have the wrong people in the wrong jobs I can’t see how Holocracy will fix that. Good book and definitely on the track of where business in 21st century should be heading. Certainly a better way to go than the old Dickensian Corporate culture we so know and hate.

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  • 08-23-15

Radically brilliant

A truly innovative way of structuring an organisation that's been implemented, investigated and tested fully