Corporate Rebels for Non-profits
I am very interested in what Corporate Rebels are doing and I have founded and been running a free youth technology and leadership non-profit club for 6 years in CA in the US. We are a all volunteer-run organization that offers free learning opportunities to youth, grades K-12. We have a flat organization; everyone is equal, and I have been trying to encourage formation of self-managing teams and move towards self-governance. Any resources or advice for motivating a volunteer workforce who can walk at any time that is lead by influence without money, authority, title, or budget?
In a previous post we introduced the concept of “middle-manager-less-organizations” (MMLOs for short). These companies run their businesses successfully without a middle management layer. Large and small, they point the way forward for organizations wanting to go beyond the traditional hierarchical/bureaucratic model, a way of organizing that is increasingly outdated and has deep roots in ‘industrial age thinking’.
In 2005, Vineet Nayar became the leader of Indian IT and consulting company HCL Technologies. As a result, 25,000 people looked up to him and waited for his direction. But there was a problem. "I knew in my heart that we as leaders had done nothing to win the trust of our employees."