Insight to Action Podcast (current) and the Evolutionary Provocateur podcast (2008-2016)


Business Podcast Episodes Self-Management

Bridging both my podcasts is a series on self-managed companies and ways of operating to create higher engagement, greater flexibility and agility. Links to the podcasts and summary of what they are all about are at the bottom.

Self-Managed Companies

You’ll find more companies lower down but here are three examples of how companies are reinventing management to restore freedom, flexibility and creativity to the workplace.

Tomatoes and Self-Management: Morning Star

The story of the world’s largest tomato processing company and their decision to be a self-managed company. A conversation with Doug Kirkpatrick.

Understanding the Practicality of Moving to Self-Management with Doug Kirkpatrick

Digging deeper into how self-management at MorningStar works, Dawna speaks to Doug Kirkpatrick about decision-making, financial management using a gamified approach, and why resistance to change doesn’t exist in a self-managed environment.

The Road to Self-Management: Matt Black Systems

Aeronautics company Matt Black Systems found the traditional style of managing far too costly so through a series of experiments they went from traditional to their own brand of self-management – Fractalism.

Revolutionizing Health Care: The Buurtzorg Way

Dutch health care company Buurtzorg’s CEO, Jos de Blok, explains the evolution of Buurtzorg from vision to a simple, flat organisational structure and self-governing nurse teams to deliver better health outcomes, increase both patient and staff satisfaction and reduce costs.  Starting out with just four nurses, Buurtzorg has grown to 9,700 nurses and 850 teams serving 70,000 patients a year by 2015 using a principle based approach.

Nearsoft with Matt Perez

Nearsoft modelled their culture off of pioneering self-organizing company Semco led by Ricardo Semler. Matt Perez takes us inside the company to share how freedom-centric companies run.

Insight to Action podcast EP5 – Creating Freedom to Contribute in Your Workplace

Menlo Innovations with Rich Sheridan CEO and author of Joy, Inc.

Tech company Menlo Innovations has a lofty mission. Liberate the world from bad code. The implications are enormous to you as a consumer or user. Learn how a tech company instills joy in the process of creating code that runs your experience in health care, consumer and other applications. Insight to Action podcast EP7  – The Business Value of Joy

Self-Managing Governance Structures and Processes

It all begins by getting started. You have to start with finding out what will fit for you. To give companies ideas and learn from what is available listen to these programs:

Redistributing Power – Sociocracy 3.0 with Michael Gothe of CRISP and James Priest of S3

Swedish tech company CRISP boldly goes where other companies hesitate so they’ve been working with Sociocracy 3.0 and James Priest for a number of years. S3 is a modular way of trying on self-managing processes for decision making and more. M. Gothe  from CRISP and James Priest explain.

Getting to Grips with Agile with Jason Little and Jay Goldstein

Lean and Agile are software development methods that have an inherent mindset built-in. Put the customer first, stay open to adjustments, for instance. There is a collision between traditional command and control management and a more Agile (fit for flexibility) approach. In this conversation Jason Little, author of Lean Change Management and Jay Goldstein, co-lead of the Learning Consortium, explains what Agile is and why it rocks the world view of traditional thinkers.

Can Flexible Companies Scale? with Steve Denning:

When a software dev process like Agile becomes a mindset can the shift in thinking power a totally engaged workplace? Steve Denning describes what happens when the Learning Consortium asked these questions and then held site visits with early adopter companies like Microsoft, Riot Games, Magna, and Ericsson. Click here to see the Learning Consortium report.

Dipping Into LiquidO with Stelio Verzera

Italian innovation company (and my collaboration partners in business innovation) have designed an agile governance system they call LiquidO. Co-founder Stelio Verzera explains.

Leading in a Boss-less Company with Michael Pacanowsky

W.L. Gore has had a boss-less business culture from the beginning. Michael Pacanowsky worked and consulted inside W.L. Gore & Associate for 29 years and has now returned to academia as the Gore-Giovale Chair in Business Management at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business at Westminster College. He explains how boss-less management works and describes what the Center for Business Innovation is doing to support change agility.

Implementing Holacracy with Anna McGrath (consultant to Zappos)

Holacracy has been badly maligned by business opinion and media. While it may not fit everyone it is worth looking under the hood given the need for alternative forms of governance that can outlast the leader. Anna McGrath worked on the implementation with Zappos. Hear her thoughts.

Operationalizing Holacracy with Tom Thomison of and Holacracy One

After implementing Holacracy in hundreds of companies world-wide Tom Thomison is now bringing the back-end administration up to meet the challenge.

An Open Architecture for Open Participatory Organizations with Bonnitta Roy

Bonnitta Roy has designed an open architecture framework to guide companies in setting up self-managed open participatory organizations.


Vistaprint Learns from Menlo and Steve Denning updates us on the Learning Consortium

EP8 Peer to Peer Learning

How Vistaprint took a site visit to Menlo and used it to rethink their business culture. Steve Denning updates us all on the latest Learning Consortium results.

Freedom at Work – Freedom Centric companies with WorldBlu CEO Traci Fenton

WorldBlu offers the platinum standard and scorecard for replacing fear with freedom, attracting high level companies like Zappos, Simon Sinek’s Start with Why, Nearsoft (EP5) and Menlo Innovations (EP7).

EP 21: Democracy in the Workplace  on the Insight to Action podcast. 

Liberating Leaders with Isaac Getz, author of Freedom Inc.

Most organizations deny fundamental human needs seriously limiting performance and innovation. When employees have the freedom and ability to act in the best interests of the company, performance improves. Dr. Getz shares examples of phenomenal business results from companies whose leaders built total freedom-of-initiative organizations. These leaders understand that three universal human needs—intrinsic equality, opportunity for growth, and self-direction—must be met for all employees. To nurture and sustain the freedom culture, these leaders share their vision of the company so that employees can “own” it.

We talk about the role of the ego as an enabler or leadership liability, why the CEO does not hold the power, a day in the life of a liberated organization, and lessons learned from over 300 liberated companies world-wide. You will also learn about the transformational journey leaders let go of the belief that they are the smartest person in the organization.

EP25 on the Insight to Action podcast.


Both podcasts can be found on iTunes on my podcast page.

You’ll find the Insight to Action podcast here. 


Current Podcast: From Insight to Action for Business Innovators and Innovation

As complexity pushes for greater participation and agility workplace design and leadership skills are being re-examined to gain greater contribution from employees and all eyes, ears on deck. Learn about diversity, great workplace cultures, higher levels of leadership. Gain insight into accelerating performance and discover more companies implementing made to fit self-management.

The Evolutionary Provocateur Podcast

The Evolutionary Provocateur podcast is for managers, leaders at every level who realize that change for the better is driven by vision, a strong sense of inspired purpose and a different way of thinking. Guests include Steven Kotler, Simon Sinek, Doug Kirkpatrick, Rod Collins, Steve Denning, Jos de Blok, and a host of other perspectives each offering tools and doorways to business achieving life-enhancing results. Restorative and regenerative business. To see the last twenty episodes which include self-management and other topics go to Management-Issues.

Click on the hyperlink to go to iTunes to see the episode list.

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