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Going Horizontal: Creating a Non-Hierarchical Organization, One Practice at a Time

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Hierarchy in organizations is obsolete. There is a better way: one that increases the engagement of employees and managers alike, reduces micromanaging and other limiting approaches, and promotes organizational and individual success.

In this book, self-management expert Samantha Slade presents seven concrete practices to help your organization flatten its existing hierarch
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 27th 2018 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Erica
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and thorough, this book is really practical. Highly recommended for anyone looking to build a more horizontal organization and anyone struggling to explain why the culture around them feels like a mismatch between their expectation (especially coming out of a hiring process) and the reality of hierarchical management. This is also somewhat helpful in terms of creating volunteer organizations and even relationships. It's very business-focused, but the principles strike me as useful a ...more
Stephanie
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Slade does an excellent job of turning theory in to practice, emphasizing along the way that we all personally have the power to incorporate more of the attributes of a horizontal organization into our work lives, even as our greater organization may not be changing.

The book is stronger -- perhaps because the topics are more immediately implementable -- at the beginning, and is better suited for individual practice and reflection. It would be an effective read for staff working for an organizati
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Kate Loritz
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderfully practical manual for creating a flatter organization, one mindset at a time. From how and why to schedule a meeting all the way to who should be involved in key decisions, Ms. Slade offers tips and guidelines you can try out as soon as you end a chapter. I'd even consider using this as a team or function exercise, to choose something in the book and model what good looks like. The ultimate goal is to reduce the need/practice/silent culture of bureaucracy and create an envir ...more
Stephanie
Feb 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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The biggest message is that everything starts with you- EVERYTHING
Your mindset is the most important part of the change to a less hierarchical way of working.

Great tools not just for creating a horizontal organisation but also for improving meetings, decision making, proposal making, coaching and creating more effective teams
Rivera Sun
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve been waiting for this book without knowing it. I’ve been searching for it through stacks of other (excellent) reads on horizontal organizing, emergent systems, and grassroots democracy and movements. The tangible, down-to-earth immediacy of Slade’s book turns conceptual ideas into useful tools that you can wrap your hands, heart, and mind around. She’s designed the book to be used, including practice suggestions and check-in questions, and the result is a truly useful book. The ideas come o ...more
Sebastian Gebski
Aug 15, 2019 rated it liked it
I expect non-fiction books not only to provide dry, encyclopedic kind of knowledge, BUT also to inspire, convince - in other words: to "sell" me the idea. I'm bringing this up, because GH simply didn't do it. I don't want to sound unfair to the author (who I don't know & have no reason to downsize), but the book felt more like a summary of modern organizational practices found on the Internet than an actual product of someone who had something important to pass further.

Which is ... unfortunate.
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Onno Geveke
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you want to create more participatory working environments? Would you like to start with daily practices involving your team more? This is the book to go for.
In these days, many people are looking for ways to collaborate more constructively as peers or within their teams. Sometimes actively striving for self management, sometimes looking for small steps towards more horizontal ways of working.

Samantha's book describes 7 domains of practice where you can start experimenting with tomorrow. On
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KasiaMiko
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
A bit slow-going at the start, where the author tries hard to maintain a conversational tone and convince the reader that getting interested in horizontal organisations is worth their time. But don't let this fool you – the book is simple but not simplistic, accessible but choke-full of very practical advice about how to go about introducing and trialling horizontal approaches in all kinds of organisations that we get involved in at work and privately. Though I still have outstanding questions, ...more
Simon Hohenadl
Compendium of practices that help going from a top-down organization to a more horizontal one. I found especially the description of decision making methods helpful. Apart from that, there was not much new for me here. I particularly missed something more on making the actual structure and governance horizontal.
Sergey Shishkin
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Very good introduction into non-hierarchical organizational methods. I liked the emphasis on individual practices. Not much new information for those familiar with holacracy or teal organizations.
Alan
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lot’s of interesting ideas to collaborate better with your coworkers
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