Holacracy: Liberating the Soul of Organizations
September 27, 2010
Hosted by John D. Schmidt
Brian Robertson, CEO of HolacracyOne and experienced entrepreneur most well known for his work developing a new paradigm for operating businesses, nonprofits, and other establishments, joins ZOOM’D to explore how to truly liberate the soul of an organization. Brian introduces the tenets of Holocracy™, a comprehensive practice for structuring, governing, and running an organization of the future. Holacracy™ takes the principles, ideas, and emerging mindsets articulated by many cutting-edge thought-leaders and instills them in the actual structures and processes of the organization. Holacracy™ can be tangibly viewed as a new “operating system” for organizations of all kinds, which facilitates rapid evolution and response to emerging and shifting realities. Join Brian and ZOOM’D host John Schmidt as they bring to light an evolutionary approach to unleashing organizational potential, which is so clearly needed in the coming era of extraordinary change.
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John D. Schmidt
John D. Schmidt is the founder and CEO of Avastone Consulting, an international consultancy committed to the vitality and sustainability of client organizations and the larger global community. He serves as advisor to global corporations and nongovernmental enterprises, and is a thinker, designer, and practitioner in integral approaches to complex challenges and human development.
John’s expertise offers a rich foundation for ZOOM’D. He is a seasoned consultant with 30 years experience in getting to the heart of matters, discerning what is really going on, and framing appropriate actions. He focuses on deep understanding—listening for surface realities—and deeper truth. He makes sense of complexity, integrating the long view with the here-and-now.
John values the interiority of life and how the developmental nature of mindsets shapes the world we live in—across economic, social, and environmental arenas. He is dedicated to his own growth and contemplative practice, spending 25 days per year in retreat. He is creatively gifted in developing other leaders through deep immersion experiences.
John serves as guest faculty and contributor to learning institutes, universities, and community service organizations. He is a board member of the SHIFT Foundation (which develops young global leaders) and Kosmos Journal (a voice of global awakening). He passionately pursues active enjoyments of life—he is a road cyclist, skier, fly fisher—and lover of the ocean.