Written by Sonia Herrero.
Sonia is an independent coach and facilitator working on organisational and personal development. She also works as an associate at inProgress.
Having worked for fifteen years in the non-profit sector, I have seen with great sadness people working inside non-profits suffering from the way they were doing things and the working relationships they were a part of. For me this was so strong and widespread that at a certain point I just couldn’t be a part of it any longer. I was about to give up when I discovered a book by Frederic Laloux which gave me renewed hope.
In Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (www.reinventingorganizations.com), Laloux shows that there’s a radically new way of organising and collaborating emerging around the globe.
He shares how extraordinary pioneering organisations in very different sectors (from for-profits and non-profits, to schools and hospitals) are already operating from a radically different management mindset. The leaders from these organisations concluded that we have stretched the current way we run organisations to its limits, and that the current traditional recipes often seem part of the problem, not the solution. Instead of trying to fix the current model, they decided to create their own fundamentally new way of running an organisation. What it reveals about the organisational model of the future is deeply different, and inspiring.
There is an underlying core message in this groundbreaking book, namely, that organisations need to first look inside themselves if they want to make a difference to the outside world. It brought to mind Gandhi’s famous call to action: Be the change you want to see in the world.