Ripe for change?
TELE has been operating under a new organisational structure without traditional hierarchies for about four years. Decisions are made democratically in committees. Everyone plays their part in the organisation and independently initiates and executes their own projects. We have tried many things, navigated around a few clashes and backed ourselves out of a tight spot or two. We are learning and developing our “company of the future” a little bit each day.
TELE will never be a completed model that can be duplicated by another company. We are convinced that the people who make up the organisation shape it. Companies are like living organisms that are constantly changing in order to successfully adapt to a changing world.
There are a few basic questions you need to ask yourself
An in-depth and comprehensive change process represents different challenges for each company and achieves different results. However, there are a few basic principles that need to be taken into account when abolishing hierarchies in your organisation and giving more responsibility to employees. You need to ask yourself a few questions:
- Why does the organisation need to change? Change is only possible with a strong vision and a great deal of curiosity.
- Can I as a manager insert myself into a new roll without the usual privileges? Change starts from the top. The manager does away with his position and relinquishes his power.
- Can and do I want to trust my employees and allow them to make decisions independently?
- How much time do I have? Change processes require endurance.
- Do I want to be open at all times? The TELE model only functions with complete transparency and without secret islands of power.
- What happens after the hierarchies are gone? It is essential to create new structures and processes that help make decisions and provide a framework for project-related work.
- Do I communicate well? Employees need to be included in the change process from the very beginning so that they can contribute.mittragen können.
Are you currently stuck in the middle of a change process with your company? How is it going and what have you learned? Tell us about it!