Promoting Business Self-Organization through Coaching

As hierarchies flatten, the theory of self-organization is taking root because it is so applicable to dynamic businesses in which bottom-up organic growth evolves around challenges needing solutions. It takes agile leaders who can remove impediments, and coaching can be the change agent.
By Ingrid Johnson

It is not surprising that self-organization is emerging as a concept applicable to the modern business environment. As hierarchies flatten, bottom-up organic responses to challenges better meet the needs of dynamic, networked organizations. The top-down leadership command-and-control style is proving to be less and less effective in a world where uncertainty and volatility are par for the course, and competitive and other challenges like technology changes and environmental sustainability are converging.

Complex systems need the ability and agility to adapt to meet conditions. Self-organizing leaders must know how to empower and enable employe...

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