Team development during the Holacracy adoption phase
“The human side remains underexposed in self-organization!” we hear that regularly. And we understand that. Experience shows that in every adoption a moment comes when the undercurrent asserts itself. Think of growing skepticism and resistance, or behavior that was functional in hierarchical control, but no longer fits in the context of Holacracy or even becomes a barrier, such as sticking to functions instead of making the step to roles.
More interventions in the upstream, as explained once more, are then meaningless and can even have the opposite effect. For example, because the coach or even the method as a whole loses credibility. Just by then slowing down and paying attention to what lives in the undercurrent, a breakthrough in the change process often occurs.
That is why we anchor the adoption in a team development process. In addition to our work in the upstream stream of structure and rules of the game, we offer the teams tools to reflect on their behavior, norms and ways of communicating. We map the current cooperation climate and help the teams to systematically identify and weaken obstacles. In the fertile soil that is created here, Holacratic work is really taking root.