Going Global: Argentine Ants Show the Way

Going Global: Argentine Ants Show the Way

Humans have often turned to ants in the past for instructional models—references to ant behavior pepper ancient texts; the classic toy Ant Farm teaches children about work by watching ants go about their business in a model of a real farm. Can ants, the supreme self-managers of nature, provide any lessons for the scalability of…

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

Book Review, by Doug Kirkpatrick The Starfish and the Spider (Portfolio, 2006) is written by two superb dot-connectors, Ori Brafman and Rod A. Beckstrom, who weave such seemingly random topics as anthropology, the Great Barrier Reef, chemistry, Burning Man, industrial theory, Alcoholics Anonymous, web culture and the war on terror into a tightly-knit quilt of…

Leaving Ireland: Brainpark Founder Mark Dowds on Connection, Transparency and Fifty-Mile Runs

Leaving Ireland: Brainpark Founder Mark Dowds on Connection, Transparency and Fifty-Mile Runs

I interviewed tech entrepreneur Mark Dowds at the headquarters of his company, Brainpark. Brainpark, a Bay Area software company, specializes in bringing people (and resources) together around pertinent, real-time information, thereby dissolving organizational silos and paving the way for lofty performance. Mark sat down to tell us the story behind Brainpark, where he serves as…

What is Self-Management?

What is Self-Management?

Self-Management is the organizational philosophy represented by individuals freely andautonomously performing the traditional functions of management (planning, organizing,coordinating, staffing, directing, controlling) without mechanistic hierarchy or arbitrary,unilateral command authority over others. Author: Doug Kirkpatrick To download white paper, click on the link below: WhatIsSelfMgmt 2 PUBLISHED BY THE MORNING STAR SELF-MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Painting the World Blue, One Company at a Time

Painting the World Blue, One Company at a Time

Interview with Traci Fenton, Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, on Organizational Freedom, Democracy and Knowing How to Do Calculus Doug Kirkpatrick recently interviewed Traci Fenton, Founder and CEO of WorldBlu, whose goal is to see one billion people working in free and democratic companies by the year 2050.  Traci Fenton:  Hello, this is Traci and…

Change is Really Hard. Really.

Change is Really Hard. Really.

For organizations and the people within them to become more self-managing, most organizations must change.  These changes may include flattened hierarchies, distributed decision-making, empowerment programs and the like.  But as noted by Blanchard researchers Pat Zigarmi and Judd Hoekstra, as many as 70% of change efforts fail to achieve their purpose—an overwhelming number. As the…