“Leaders’ fear to give up control trumps their ability to trust…”
– Frédéric Laloux, Reinventing Organizations
We now cite “The Laloux Book” as if it were the Big Book at an AA meeting when we think carefully about decisions we’re making at Change Agents Worldwide. We see ourselves as a Teal company, but I’ll admit, it’s easy to become addicted to power. And command and control instincts seem to sprout up naturally from the adrenaline rush that comes with power.
About a month and a half ago, we made some executive decisions that came as a surprise to our network. It had a negative impact on the trust in our organization, and we were caught off guard. Embarrassed even. The vibe disrupted our forward motion, and we even lost a few really good people.
So, we stepped back. We focused on our values and what we want to achieve. We re-examined who we are, our identity as a company.
We turned to the network to help us solve what is ailing us. The network responded and self-organized into regional teams who agreed to thrash through the tough issues, to get to the honest root of the difficulties that are compromising the harmony we once felt.
We are, at this moment, reinventing ourselves.
It’s the only way.
We’re doubling down on trust by letting go.