Winning the war against bureaucracy
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Introduction to the toolbox by Lars Kolind (Windows Media, 8 min video, broadband)
The core of "The Second Cycle" is Kolind's toolbox. Kolind became a CEO at the age of 27 and ever since, he has been known for innovative management practices that focus on the important issues of the organization, involves co-workers as partners rather than opposites to management, stimulates innovation and provides the maximum freedom for everyone to make his or her maximum contribution to the organization. Kolind has extensive experience from the private sector, but he has also been involved in managing a large public institution and he has been active in voluntary organizations nationally and internationally for decades.
He has decided to offer his toolbox free of charge for everyone in line with current "open source" thinking: It is more important for Kolind to have an impact on society than to reserve his knowledge exclusively for the companies and organization he is involved in.
The tools can be found in four groups:
There are two tools to help you assess where your organization stands with respect to bureaucracy:
I suggest you start by performing a self-assessment of your organization using the TSC Index. Then you expand the use of the tool to, say 100 or 1000, employees of your organization to see if you have the same impression of the level of bureaucracy as your co-workers do.
Then you use the Mental Model Mapper, first on one or two organizations that you know without being personally involved in them, perhaps at least one organization that you are critical about. Once you know how to map mental models you turn to your own organization. The details are in chapter 7 of “The second Cycle”.
Two tools help you establish the values that will guide the work of your organization in the future:
These tools should be used in that order. You need to work with your management team to establish a basis for the consensus you want to create before you actually go through the consensus building process (CCCP). Details about the two tools may be found in “The Second Cycle” chapter 7.
I have collected two groups of tools to help you establish the best possible organizational framework for your organization:
For further information about these tools, refer to “The Second Cycle”, chapter 7.
Last but not least I have collected a range of tools to help you carry through the change from the current stage of bureaucracy into the knowledge-based, innovative growth organization of the future:
More information in “The Second Cycle”, chapter 7.© 2006 Lars Kolind. All rights reserved.