We are here at the invitation of Haier to conduct interviews with employees and to attend their 3rd International Rendanheyi Model Forum.
This post is written by Edel Harris. Check out her bio below the article.
The Local Cornerstone year two evaluation report was published last month.
Cornerstone and other similar organisations can no longer ignore the ongoing pressures on the social care system. Through our partnerships and influencing work we have joined up with like-minded people and organisations and Cornerstone is now part of an exciting social movement.
Local Cornerstone is attracting global interest, with organisations from New Zealand and Australia as well as other parts of the UK travelling to Scotland to see how it works.More +
The world of work is in need of stark change. All around us organizations are struggling to motivate and engage staff. The outdated structures and old-fashioned principles on which organizations are run are obsolete.
While there’s a lot of talk of the future of work, there’s little to show for it. In order to change, we need more than just fancy talk. We need action. A shitload of action, to be precise.
With that in mind, we’ve got some homework for all you fellow rebels out there. Here we go.
The self-management hype is in full swing. Many companies talk about it and some are brave enough to try it. But there are only a few that are actually practicing it.
Over 3 years of travel around the world we’ve visited these pioneers. The big question: what can we learn from their approaches? And how can the companies that are just talking about it turn all that fancy talk into action.
In this post, we share a variety of approaches to implement self-management. Approaches that actually worked.
More Rebel Events have been added to the calendar—in cool cities like Milan, Oslo, Stockholm, and Amsterdam!
This is a guest blog by Lisa Gill (see bio below). In the face of constant budget cuts, ageing populations, and employees leaving their profession in droves, there is perhaps no greater …More +
Sketch by MLVDW Plenty! Doing science and doing business might seem worlds apart. But just as scientists draw inspiration from how the world’s best do business, companies can also learn from …More +
For the first time in years we didn’t write to you for two straight weeks. This prompted messages from worried readers who were missing their Thursday and Sunday morning ritual: …More +
Sketch by MLVDW “The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família is a large unfinished Roman Catholic church in Barcelona. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. And the building is part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.” What the …More +
Finding progressive organizations with truly radical management practices is hard. There seem to be so few of them around. To make matters worse, some with radically new approaches only survive …More +
Ellen finished an internship at Corporate Rebels two months ago. We asked her to continue working with us. We offered her a job. But there was a catch. In true Rebels …More +
Traditional organizations tend to distribute activities via job descriptions that are out-of-date the moment they are crafted. Moreover, this process ensures that most employees do not apply their full talents. …More +
We have great news. The prestigious Thinkers50 have announced we’ve been nominated for a distinguished achievement award, also known as The Oscars of Management Thinking! Specifically, we are on the …More +
Let’s keep it a secret. This seems to be the default option in traditional organisations. Access to valuable information is limited to a few leaders. These top dogs must then …More +
From the very beginning, we knew Corporate Rebels needed to be more than a blog, more than a source of inspiration, and more than a collection of practices, case studies …More +
We’re in a former industrial area, now home to a vibrant cultural site, recreational facilities and, oh yes, offices. In this office, all colors of the rainbow surround us – …More +
This guest-post was written by Diego Rojas. See his bio below the article. How can we show appreciation for what our colleagues do? At Thinking With You we have 100 ‘Thinkitos’ …More +
Over recent years we have travelled the world searching for progressive organizations, and inspiration on how to make work more fun. Sometimes, we find inspiration closer to home. Breman is …More +
Most traditional organizations focus their performance and reward policies on attendance. They pay employees simply to show up. That doesn’t make sense. No wonder they worry why employees are not …More +
An important feature of traditional organizations is centralized authority. This suggests decision-making competence rises with level in the hierarchy. This is obviously nonsense. ShareTweetShareEma…More +
Is it true that if employees are engaged that they will perform better? Or is it true that if employees perform better they will be more engaged? Despite all the …More +
Recently we launched our first Corporate Rebels spin-off, Revolt. They help organizations change the way they work. Their start Revolt has been impressive. Two new people have joined the team—which now …More +
For many people, working long hours is business as usual. Some are even proud of it. They think it shows ambition and dedication. Wrong! In our view, it’s the opposite. …More +
In January 2016 we founded Corporate Rebels. We had no business model—but we did have a clear mission—to make work more fun. Our short corporate lives had been frustrating. We …More +
‘Let my people go surfing‘ is the title of Yvon Chouinard’s autobiography. Chouinard is the iconic founder of Patagonia. He reflects an outlook common amongst the 100+ progressive organizations we …More +
Rules. Procedures. Protocols. Organizations are full of them. Managers love setting them. Employees are, literally, sickened by them. The overuse of rules to control behavior murders productivity, defies common sense, …More +
“The bottom of the pyramid is…the biggest opportunity for innovation in business models.” When C.K. Prahalad wrote ‘Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid’ in 2004, his focus was on …More +
Over the years we’ve have written about how progressive organizations organize into networks of teams. We’ve also written about how they radically distribute decision-making authority to these teams. With so much authority …More +
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change.” This is arguably Charles Darwin’s most famous misquotation. …More +
The email detox experiment we are running generated a very positive response. So, here we share more on our experiments. The focus this time is on working rhythm and the tools we …More +
Hell yes! More Rebel Events are coming. We’ve added more cool cities to the list. Check out the entire list in this blog post. ShareTweetShareEma…More +
We wrote this article for THINK:ACT Magazine. You can find it here. In our search for the most pioneering workplaces in the world, we’ve come across some extraordinary organizations. And this …More +
We have a huge problem in our businesses. Women are disappearing from the workplace. Over the years we have created a corporate world in which women fall behind early and …More +
Email is a persistent disease plaguing contemporary workplaces. It’s the default way of communicating in companies around the globe. But it’s also draining productivity and engagement. On one count, a …More +
We recently wrote a blog post about the betting exchange, Smarkets. London based, with 120 employees, they made self-management work in their fast-growing company. We followed up with three employees to learn …More +
In a previous post we featured an old CIA manual on how to sabotage the workplace. It showed how to reduce organizational productivity. Some of these ideas are now clearly out-dated; but …More +
There is a species too familiar for comfort—team leaders, supervisors, managers, vice-presidents and bosses who ‘direct’ their subordinates. This directive style is based on fear, control and status. These leaders …More +
Our recent post, “The Way We Work Is Broken” revealed the engagement sinkhole, and the associated burnout rate. We highlighted the impotence of leaders in solving this problem. We highlighted …More +
Regular visitors to our blog will notice a change at the top of the screen. The header, which used to include a picture of the whole team, is not there …More +
A new gimmick has entered the management world. It’s an old (1944) CIA manual on how to sabotage an organization’s productivity. This secret pamphlet was called “The Simple Sabotage Field …More +
This post is written by Lennard Toma. Check out his bio below the article. It was August 2018 on a Tuesday morning. The weather was cheerful. So were the colleagues …More +
We have preached this mantra before: Companies should not focus on profit. They should focus on purpose. Now, after visiting 100+ progressive companies we have seen the evidence with our own eyes. Progressive organizations …More +
This post is written by Nele van Hooste. Check out her bio below the article. We recently started working with self-governing teams. We call them circles. They operate as entrepreneurial mini-companies within …More +
Almost three decades ago Peter Drucker wrote an article called ‘The New Productivity Challenge‘. In it he foresaw the biggest challenge for organizations in the 21st century—how to keep employee …More +