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Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

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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.


Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published August 18th 2020 by Harvard Business Review Press
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Mukesh Gupta
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got a digital review copy via NetGalley.

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
May 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, politics
This book presents a very good case against bureaucracy. Full of insights supported by comprehensive data, this also provides a very good alternative: humanocracy.

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.
Jorge DeFlon
Cómo rescatar nuestra humanidad de la creciente burocracia y deshumanización.

La salvación está en nosotros.
Frank Calberg
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Takeaways from reading the book:

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
Stevo Brock
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was Stevo's Business Book of the Week for the week of 8/23, as selected by Stevo's Book Reviews on the Internet and Stevo's Novel Ideas. In a world of unrelenting change and unprecedented challenges, we need organizations that are resilient and daring.

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Sergio Caredda
Gli autori propongono una ricetta per superare la classica organizzazione burocratica che ancora attanaglia molte organizzazioni. Grazie a una serie di esempi, tutti di aziende di settori tradizionali, ma fortemente caratterizzate da un approccio umano-centrico al business, si mostra che cambiare è possibile. Molto interessante soprattutto la parte legata alla valutazione del costo della burocrazia.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant and inspiring

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.
Ronald J.
Aug 31, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gary Hamel as done it again, staying in the forefront of management thinking with Humanocracy. I was an enormous fan of his The Future of Management, where he made the case that management theory has stopped evolving (we’re still using theories from the late 19th century to mid-20th century. Humanocracy goes a step further by taking direct aim at bureaucracy, and it’s about time someone drove a dagger into the heart of this structure that inhibits human creativity and economic dynamism. I love t ...more
Toman Beinhocker
While the idea of bureaucracy and how it hinders organizational resilience and innovation isn't new, the book does a great job of laying out the costs. Not only does it provide a convincing inditement of traditional organizational practices, but it offers a set of compelling alternatives. And, more importantly and more distinctively when it comes to a management book, it provides some interesting pathways to busting bureaucracy--at the level of the individual (detox for bureaucrats!), team, and ...more
Nicholas Beaird
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantastic look into organizations that decentralize, treat their teams like humans, develop innovative processes, and work to eliminate bureaucracy. While I disagree with the negative tone used to portray the HR department/function of an organization this book is worth the read. The mindset alone will be critical for the success of future firms.
Leigh Ashton
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love his perspective!
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
A call to action with inspiring case studies

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
Tim Dugan
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Well sone nice ideas

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
Rodrigo Bastos
Aug 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
Hamel uses the word bureaucracy as a placeholder for all the different practices, structures and concepts that make organizations fail. His lack of rigour shows off again in the chapter on meritocracy, confusing concepts that are well established. Another management guru book with some nice stories but not very useful. 
Bülent Duagi
Jul 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, od
Reads more as an anti-bureaucracy book rather than a book that shapes a credible new management model to replace bureaucracy. Enjoyed the stories about bureaucracy detox and corporate “hacktivists” and I’m waiting for the next book that better shapes the new management model.
Bernard Sia
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The tonality could be more uplifting as the negativity doesn't lend itself well to have readers persist.
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
Wally Bock
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Humanocracy is superbly researched and well-written. Read it for good ideas and thought starters. But there are some dangerous assumptions in Humanocracy. 

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
Andy Cooper
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A management book for the ages

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
Aaron Seng
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed the book. Found myself nodding violently in agreement with the case against bureaucracy and for Humanocracy. Also felt a sense of hopelessness because I’m stuck in one. All the symptoms of bureaucracy are evident in the organisation I work for. However there’s hope in that the authors gives good advice how one can start a grassroot movement even if one is not in a high level position to make changes.
Levi Claes
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-shelf
Practical and insightful book about the why and how to change the old industrial organizational structures. Comes with an handy e-learning platform as well. I liked the insightful beginning, followed by some examples of succesful change to end with some practical tools to do the change yourself. My main take away is that companies are not resilient, it are the people inside of it. So better create companies around people, instead of the other way around.
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Dr. Gary P. Hamel is an American management expert. He is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago.

Gary Hamel is Professor of Strategic Management at London Business School. He has researched strategy development in a multinational context.

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