Company Rebuilding #13: Klaus Polley

Klaus Polley and Holocracy

When Klaus Polley moved to the IT department, he suddenly could no longer lead through knowledge, because his employees had much more of it than he did. In his search for the right way to deal with this situation, he came across the systems theory Holacracy. And what initially sounded academic has led to enormous success in practice.

Holacracy based on the principle of self-organization. Decision-making is not the responsibility of management, but takes place at all levels in self-organizing teams. The system was developed by the American Brian Robertson. He wanted to establish a decision-making system for his company that was transparent and as participative as possible.

Why is self-organization an issue for companies?

Companies today have to reinvent themselves again and again. This requires one ingredient above all: ideas, ideas, ideas. And in complex systems, these ideas do not come out of the shower, but develop in cooperation. Self-organization as an alternative business organization can therefore become a fundamental driver of ideas.

What rules underlie the system? What do these abstract mechanisms look like in practice? You can hear more about Holocratie and, above all, practical examples from Klaus Polley's wealth of experience in the 13th edition of our podcast. The questions for Klaus Polley, People Manager at Telekom's Magenta House, were put by Mike Kaiser.

The podcast is only available in german language.

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