A high stage of organizational development is more of an elusive mystery than a template one can specify and apply. The topic of organizational design has already been covered by practical guides and other resources, yet the topic is broad enough to have left space for multiple points of view. 

Frederic’s work is important. It provides a structure to unpack the stages, with clear divisions, of organizational evolution. It goes so far as to even color code each stage. But most importantly, Frederic convincingly defines the goal for the organizational pursuit of excellence answering the highest calling – human self-fulfillment.

The seemingly insignificant word ‘human’ here stands for self-actualization and the self-transcendence of people in the workspace. Growth through a focus on work performers, rather than revenues, is put forth as the direction for workplaces of the XXI century. 

Laluox takes us on a trip to the past of organizations, with all their military and machine metaphors (many still in use today), to show what hides in the shadows of the dispassionate realities of authoritarianism.

Given the complexity of the subject even the small win is to simply acknowledge the need to change. To transform even if we, as leaders, can’t see an immediate way to make improvements. A potential lack of solutions, however, doesn’t decrease the importance of change. Despite all advances in AI, human organizations will lean toward the more humane and mindful.  

Reinventing Organizations
by Frederic Laloux
Published: Feb 9, 2014
Length: 382 pages (in print)

Time to read: 14h

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