Medium, Holacracy, articles breathlessly touting the same, and organizational values by any other name

Behold, I will do a new thing; now shall it spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 (ASV)

"It needs to be at least 20% cooler."

I’ve used images from Michelangelo, Game of Thrones, Alphonse Mucha, Paul Klee, WWE, and now My Little Pony. And you are reading it. (via DeviantArt)

I don’t mean to sound overly jaded towards the efforts of people making a bigger impact in the world than I, but still: here’s organizational innovation being touted, when all that can be concrete at this early date is that (surprise!) Twitter alums have a new company doing a new thing newly:

As one of the fiercest and most faithful adopters of Holacracy – a radical new theory of corporate structure – Medium is experimenting with a completely management-free environment that’s laser focused on getting things done (ADM note: Well, most of the other front-page content was less annoying.)

Of course they are. And it’s enough of a movement to market itself, so it must be legit.
But like most things, I think this all boils down to the need to pursue strategies against the iron law of talent dilution that enforces itself as disruptive startups grow. Everyone should be able to resolve tension in organizational behavior and strategy execution, but clearly everyone does not. If this helps someone, very well, but this certainly isn’t the first or only name for this kind of effective initiative and cross-functionality. Welcome to the usual paradigm of what is making the news these days (and its truth relationship to observable reality, LOL).

Or perhaps I am in fact overly jaded. I suppose it has some features that might be developed/presented/integrated better than where they already exist. OK then…I suppose I will post again about these folks when I figure out how they make teh moneyz.


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