Viisi Labs Amsterdam hosts the next Holacracy taster workshop on August 25

Introducing Self-organization & Holacracy®

There no longer is a single way to organize a company. In recent years new philosophies have been introduced like Lean, scrum, agile and Sociocracy. Or are known by their founder’s name like “the Spotify model” or “the Buurtzorg model”. What many of these models have in common is that they create a much more responsive way of working and by design take away a lot of the bureaucracy, politics and challenges to make decisions in large complex organizations. They each start from trusting employees to make decisions within the area of expertise they have as long as there is a mechanism or process that creates organizational alignment. So in short, forms of self-organization.

The most advanced model (at least currently) is Holacracy. Holacracy replaces the traditional management hierarchy with a new peer-to-peer “operating system” that increases transparency, accountability, and organizational agility. Through a transparent rule set and a tested meeting process, Holacracy allows businesses to distribute authority, powering all employees to take a leadership role and make meaningful decisions. Using a structure of roles and circles it hands people autonomy over work and empowers them to collectively shape the organization.

See Holacracy as an “Organizational operating system”. Just like you have on your PC. A new operating system makes a huge difference (remember shifting from Dos to Windows…). A good operating system is extremely powerful, but only gains value by installing the right apps on top of it. Similarly, Holacracy is a much more effective operating system for organizations. On which you can install or develop your own apps to make it work for your own business.

What sets Holacracy apart to other self-organization approaches is that it is a complete replacement of the current management hierarchy and doesn’t require to be designed upfront. Just like you don’t tailor the operating system on your phone. Its much more effective to focus on installing the right apps you want to use and adjust those right at the moment it is relevant.

There are many organizations working with Holacracy. Ranging from technology/ecommerce companies like, The Mobile Company, SpronQ, Web1on1 to Fintechs like Viisi and blanco to public sector with parts of the City of Amsterdam.

Get a taste of Holacracy

The purpose of this workshop is to give you a “taste” of what working the Holacracy way is like. It includes a brief introduction to Holacracy, a simulation game where you work in a Holacracy run organization and practice the Tactical and Governance meeting, and afterwards time to reflect and share insights.

The next workshop on August 25 is hosted by Viisi Labs Amsterdam.

Connection to Viisi Labs

Koen is founder of OrganizationBuilders and scale-up coach at Viisi Labs. OrganizationBuilders is a consultancy company dedicated to organizational transformation. Discovering Self-organization, implementing Holacracy, developing a dynamic strategy and solving bottlenecks throughout an organizations growth.

Mortgage acceptance with psychometric testing algorithm

In January 2017 we took the first step towards automated mortgage acceptance by testing our customers’ willingness to pay with advanced credit scoring. We use the Instant Credit Score of our partner AdviceRobo. AdviceRobo has already tested over 1 million consumers this way; various European financial organisations that offer consumer credits and credit cards use the Instant Credit Score. Viisi is the first organisation to use the advanced credit scoring method for mortgage acceptance.

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Hypotheekacceptatie met psychometrisch toetsings-algoritme

Holacracy at Viisi Labs

In a interview conducted by Anne Corré of Dutch newspaper NRC Next, our colleague Tom van der Lubbe talks about Holacracy. Holacracy distributes authority and decision-making throughout an organisation, and defines people not by hierarchy and titles, but by roles. They are not ‘managed’ in a traditional way, but are driven by intrinsic motivation and fulfill roles for which they are talented and that fit with their own passion and interests. At Viisi Labs we use Holacracy to create organisations that are fast, agile, and that succeed by pursuing their purpose, not following a dated and artificial plan.

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Our lunch is served on a bowling alley

Sprout magazine’s “The Office” series features the most beautiful, hip and coolest office spaces in The Netherlands. This is Sprout’s own definition, so we were very proud to be included in this serie of articles.

In a personal interview with Sprout, our colleague Tom van der Lubbe talks about our circular office. The entire decoration is as sustainable as possible, using a circular design, whereby the term ‘waste’ is transformed to building blocks for new products. At Viisi, our lunch is served on an old wooden bowling alley and our lamps used to hang from the old Heineken factory.

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Media contact

For any media questions, please don't hesitate to contact Tom van der Lubbe:

Tom van der Lubbe
+41 78 732 90 40