The movement toward transforming workplaces into productive healthy environments is well on its way. Intact governance systems like Holacracy, modular components drawn from LiquidO or Sociocracy 3.0 offer an external framework, but internally what makes it work is the leader – You! Liberating leaders is the source for liberating companies.
In January I met Gilles Serprey in a beautiful hotel in Paris near the Opera House – the Grand National hotel. Over a lovely glass of French red we talked about the many options companies have today to engage their talent, to create better workplaces and to live longer as a viable economic entity. Gilles had been referred to me by colleague and friend Thomas Juli – that’s how networks work.
Over the course of our conversation, Gilles talked passionately about the work of Isaac Getz. I’d come across his work before so when his name came up again, I knew it was inevitable that we would do a podcast program.
Isaac is the author of Freedom Inc. Our conversation started with sharing his research and experience with transforming companies from traditional leadership, where the boss is right, to leadership free to contribute. Most organizations deny fundamental human needs seriously limiting performance and innovation. So when employees have the freedom and ability to act in the best interests of the company, naturally performance improves.
Does liberating leaders mean even better performance?
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 talked 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. And we talked about the transformational journey leaders experience to depart from the belief that they are the smartest person in the organization.
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