Comparing Different Models of Management

A while ago I stumbled upon Don Hinchcliffe’s “Comparing Various Models of Management with Holacracy” and found it curious he’d left out sociocracy. I assume he’s not even aware that Holacracy started out as a mere copy of Sociocracy, so I decided to fill in the blanks, and add both Sociocracy and Sociocracy 3.0 to […]

What is consent?

Consent is reached if, and only if, each and every member of a circle, after understanding the problem and thinking through the proposal in all its detail and implications, honestly states that they currently see no objection against implementing the proposal. Everything else is not consent. It’s not consent if somebody could not be bothered […]

Sociocracy – capital or lowercase ‘s’?

When I refer to “sociocracy” with a lowercase ‘s’, I refer to any system of running organizations where power (and decision making) is distributed to all members[^advocats of Holacracy would claim it’s roles and not people] of an organization through the principle of consent, and emergent knowledge is captured and integrated into working agreements[^policy] through […]

The Setting is Crucial

It’s perfectly fine to hold workshops outside our organizations, but we need to be aware that often the conclusions we reach and the deep shared understanding we experience might no longer hold true when we are back at our workplace. It’s easy to be creative, bond with our teammates and create an illusion of breakthrough […]

Three scenarios for creating a Sociocracy 3.0 organization

There’s three different places from which you can move towards a S3 organization: The first is when you already have a business model and want to create ans S3 organization. Then it might be a good idea to talk about the shared values you want to embrace, and see how the business model is aligned […]

Sociocracy 3.0 vs. Holacracy

Right after my presentation on patterns for self-organizing teams at the tools4agileTeams conference I had a very engaging conversation with Martin Röll (of Structure and Process) , where we we tried to dig a bit deeper into the differences between Sociocracy 3.0 and Holacracy. Here’s my perspective: Both Holacracy and Sociocracy 3.0 are descendants of […]

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Sociocracy in a nutshell

Sociocracy[1] is a whole system approach for efficient governance[2], inclusive decision making, and the ongoing evaluation and improvement of an organisation. Sociocracy has three core values: equivalence: policy decisions are made in consent with everyone affected by that decision effectiveness: the processes and methods are in harmony with human psychology and make positive contributions (“artful […]


A framework for process evaluation

There’s many processes that advertise themselves as the path to organizational or individual enlightenment. But how can we find out if a process has a chance to fulfil that promise? I propose a simple framework that evaluate a process for a few simple criteria, and a reality check at the end for good measure. I […]

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Who is using sociocracy?

When I give presentations or workshops on sociocracy, participants ask me for examples who is using sociocracy in real life. They do like the idea, but often the myth of power structures being necessary for success of an organization makes it hard for them to accept that sociocracy can be applied in an organizational context. […]

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How vision follows the values

Often people approach me about working with their organziations to solve a particular set of problems they have: product delivery is too slow, the product has quality issues, there’s a lack of alignment between departments or branches, they complain about a lack of innovation, or they need a new team that builds a new and […]