Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them
Our organizations are failing us. They're sluggish, change-phobic, and emotionally arid. Human beings, by contrast, are adaptable, creative, and full of passion. This gap between individual and organizational capability is the unfortunate by-product of bureaucracy--the top-down, rule-choked management structure that undergirds virtually every organization on the planet.
Gary Hamel has been one of my favorite authors and management guru’s. In his most recent book Humanocracy, he lays out the case against bureaucracy and instead argues that we need to embrace what he calls “Humanocracy” as in build human centric organisations. He chronicles some interesting experiments being done worldwide with different management philosophies and based on them, posits some principles which when put in use can lead organisations to beco ...more
This is the first time I’ve encountered the word humanocracy. But applying the meaning used for democracy, I could assume that this means human power. Now this concept does not necessarily taken with political undertones as it applies to states. Rather the book explains the concept as it applies to business organizations in particular. ...more
Why do we need humanocracy?
- Pages 33 and 40: Change is increasing. The acceleration of change is the product of radical shifts in the growth of computational power and network capacity. Since 1990, the power of mobile phones has increased thousands of times, and global Internet traffic has increased millions of times. Every day, more than 700,000 hours of new content gets uploaded to YouTube.
- Page 35: Unlike human beings, organizations are not good at adapting t ...more
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Actually one of the best reading I did in the last years.
I knew Hamel for his provocative and inspiring contributions. Together with Michele Zanini he has created something that provides many ideas and, above all, invites readers to take the initiative in such a complex, but also so promising moment. Five stars well deserved.
I love the Bureaucracy Mass Index and the term Bureausclerosis. Hamel and Zanini have a way with words. The book is a call to action, calling for radical change of organizations and management. A call to abandon the outdated bureaucratic model and adopt a human-centric, customer focused and agile model that is fit for 21 century organizations. The best part of the book is the cases from Haier, Nucor, Svenska Handelsbanken and other companies. The first ...more
But some of it was redundant with what we do today. Most technical staff doesn’t do that much bureaucratic stuff
Some of it sounds like “agile” not new
Difficult part figuring out how I can use tots information
After a while I got kind of bored with the book
Regarding flattening organizations and paying based on success: I can see pluses and minuses. Hiring might get tricky because people demand different market rates partly because of experience. People expect increased prestige ...more
And if you could break through the first 3 chapters the book starts to open itself up.
Inter spread within with samples of companies that did very well in reducing bureaucracy, the author still stepped back into complaining mode.
But I can understand the frustration; especially the irony of bureaucracy in academia, and why institutions of higher learning who are suppose to have experts in their ...more
It's not clear that much change of the organizational structure can bubble up from the bottom of a bureaucratic organization. Professor Hamel calls for lots of radical change and urges you to be courageous. That's because it's dangerous, but the dangers aren’t discussed. Finally, the book implies we can change the natural human need for hierar ...more
I really enjoyed this book. Hamel and Zanini systematically dismantle the rationale and reasoning behind why so many organisations are and remain bureaucratic. They provide a lot of detail on why organisations think this is the right way and then refute this with the clear issues and problems it raises and more importantly they provide great counter examples and many practical solutions on how to address this problem at any level. This us definitely a book for the a ...more
Gary Hamel is Professor of Strategic Management at London Business School. He has researched strategy development in a multinational context.