Quick 5 minute task
Please share 2 paragraphs including - name of project and contact + What did you find challenging about implementing Sociocracy? What worked well?
Please be encouraged to write in more detail, but we want to make it easy for you.
Part of our motivation for starting and supporting this community is because we sensed a lack of connection between people who have been using or discovering Sociocracy in the UK, and case studies have not been visible. Please post any stories and links that you know of here, and help us make the invisible, visible:
Rather than a project it's more an ongoing experience.
The question is how to balance desire for anonymity with desire for transparency, openness and congruence. To provide space for 'difficult conversations' without forcing them to the point of creating social awkwardness.
One example is when we had a company decision to allow three new members of staff to become shareholders of the company. Each made a proposal, there were questions and answers, then, publicly, people voted. It didn't feel like you could vote against the proposal because it was so personal to the people involved.
Should this vote have been done anonymously? In which case there would be little/no opportunity to raise concerns/objections to allow for a flexible response. But when it's a highly sensitive, personal issue, are people truely able to raise objections anyway? How do we decide which decisions should be made anonymously - what are the criteria we can use to check against it? Where do we address this as part of our decision making process?
Sorry if this raises more questions than it answers!
Things are progressing with Community Draught Busters. Our system thinking is has found its way back around to looking at ways to arranging a good time to meet with you.
So as i'm a the site Manager of the Remakery on Wednesday Thursday and Friday if by any chance you have an interest in seeing the site then maybe it would be a good chance to talk about out progress.
Still haven't meet you yet so look forward to a meeting.
I put up my background on the ning ASAP.
My name is Francois, and I read your description and was intrigued. I have lived and worked in Japan for over 15 years, working in various industries, to a large part involved in transfering lean manufacturing processes and management to other parts of the world, and I was intrigued by your story of introducing sociocracy to your Indonesian company. Compared to Western management most of what I experienced in Asia, and Japan in particular, is far more consensus-driven, collaborative and collectivistic, and sociocracy to me is an alternative way of management to the standard Western style, which conventionally is far more individualistic, adversarial and non-consultative. I must confess, however, that Indonesia is one of the few South East Asian countries I have not visited, I am afraid to say, so I am somewhat less familiar with the management culture there.
I would imagine introducing sociocracy in your culture would be quite different to introducing it here. This really comes to the core of one the things you say, in point 1: "There is a reason why sociocracy was born ......" and I should add that the reason is far more bound in the culture it was developed in, i.e. Europe where management styles are quite different from Asia. I could well imagine that some sociocratic things you are already doing quite naturally, maybe not in exactly the same way, without needing extensive training, whereas elaborate processes and training is required to overcome some of cultural hurdles here. In other words I would imagine introducing sociocracy in Indonesia could be somewhat different from introducing it here (in the UK), and consequently some things may not make as much sense in your context.
I would therefore like to hear more from you. In particular I'm interested in hearing a bit more about your business, what services you offer, how big you are, and what kind of management structure you have. I'd also be interested in hearing what specifically motivated you to introduce holacracy in your company (why holacracy and not sociocracy?) and in particular some of the hurdles you are facing. And finally how you see the Sociocracy UK community being able to assist in your endeavours, if at all. I look forward to hearing more.