The only example I know of that works using self-selection is Gore-Tex. “In Gore’s self-regulating system, all the normal management rules are reversed. In this back-to-front world, leaders aren’t appointed: they emerge when they accumulate enough followers to qualify as such. So when the previous group CEO retired three years ago, there was no shortlist of preferred candidates. Alongside board discussions, a wide range of associates were invited to nominate to the post someone they would be willing to follow. ‘We weren’t given a list of names – we were free to choose anyone in the company,’ Kelly says. ‘To my surprise, it was me.’ ” – http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2008/nov/02/gore-tex-textiles-terri-kelly This process is also exercised in project selection and team formation – a “leader” posts an idea; “followers” sign up to work on it. Those ideas that don’t get sign-up are abandoned. People sign up to lead or follow on things that interest them. Peer review eliminates the ideas that deviate from the core corporate mission – not management in the classic authoritarian sense.
Poll of the Week
Could your inbox use a little more awesome?
Sign up to get a daily dose of awesome gov-focused resources, trainings, blogs and articles to help you do you job better.