Creative agency – roles and teams instead of job description and hierarchy
An interesting way in terms of new organization I discovered at the Swiss creative agency Yellow. Instead of the rigid hierarchical organization of traditional agencies, the Basel-based company works with roles and autonomous teams. Every new task that clients entrust to Yellow is initially analyzed to identify the talents needed to solve it. Based on this assessment the teams are formed and work autonomously on the project. At the start of every new project, the teams also define how they want to organize themselves and how they want to manage the project. Depending on the context, employees can fulfill different roles. Furthermore, it is up to the employees to decide whether they want to work in their home office, in the agency or at any other freely chosen location. To do this, they answer three simple questions: Where do I achieve the highest quality? Do I need to exchange ideas with team mates? Where do I feel most comfortable at the moment? The agency's model is still young and still learning. But job satisfaction and loyalty in the team are great. Here you can find more information: https://yellow.agency/en
Today, we are launching another course in the Corporate Rebels Academy: “How Buurtzorg Works.” This inspiring case study of highly successful self-management explains how Buurtzorg, an organization with over 15,000 nurses, has pushed the boundaries of home health care in the Netherlands by operating with 100+ completely self-managed teams.
The 2022 FIFA World Cup has been appearing in the news for all the wrong reasons and is already one of the most controversial sporting events that have been organized. There have been many concerns about Qatar’s suitability as a host country but even more touched on is the treatment of workers hired to build the infrastructure. This is something that FIFA should have been aware of when the decision was made to host the event in Qatar due to the knowledge that the country relies heavily on migrant workers and its exploitive labor system.
For the last two years, we've been working on a book about Haier, the Chinese manufacturing firm reinventing management as we know it. Writing this book was a long, interesting, and intense process, but we managed to wrap up the final manuscript of the book earlier this year, titled "Start-up Factory." Although the book will only be published in September 2022, we gave Corporate Rebels Academy community members early bird access to the final manuscript. Here is a selection of their reactions to the book.