Always start with Why.
There is a saying that when you start a company, you need to have an urge to change the world, or at least make a dent in the universe. Our urge is to make working places better places. Places where people love to come and be creative in a meaningful way. The 'Reinventing Organisations' book from Frederic Laloux, was to us the confirmation that it is possible and be successful while doing so. It also gave us confirmation that to do this we as people don't have to change, but that there are lot of systems that need to be fixed, because these broken systems are standing in our way.
The basic principles of a teal organisation:
- Self steering teams : let people organise themselves, and give them the means to do so.
- Wholeness : work is a place where you need to be able to be yourself. How crazy is it that you have to behave differently, and not as who you really are, while you are working.
- Evolutionary goals : Always try to find real meaning in what you do, and let it evolve. One example to think about: Accept that profit is not a meaningful goal for most people, but a consequence.