Rodger D. Hodge of the New Republic reports on CEO Tony Hsieh’s recent decision to shift Zappo’s to the Evolutionary Teal style of management through Holacracy. This hotly discussed new approach discards static, hierarchical power structures for more distributed and plastic forms of leadership. As defined by Frederic Laloux in Reinventing Organizations, Evolutionary Teal organizations “trust in the abundance of life” and focus on self-actualization rather than material goals. This means something different to every organization and Zappo’s implementation came with a wave of controversial new policies. The sudden and radical switch was received with mixed reviews from within and without. The jury is still out on whether Hsieh’s move represents a meaningful reform or is simply another flash in the pan of the avant-garde corporate.
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