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Elegant Leadership: The Sociocratic Way to a Graceful Organisation

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Nathaniel Whitestone

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Elegance in Leadership Elegance is the attribute of being unusually effective and simple. It is frequently used as a standard of tastefulness, particularly in the areas of visual design and decoration. Elegant things exhibit refined and dignified propriety.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elegant Guidance Inspiration In "Lean" leaders are supposed to demonstrate 'towering technical mastery'. Leading (steering, guiding) = making policy (i.e. decisions that guide or set limits on other decisions). In DG, the term “policy” is used broadly to include such activity as,
defining intentions, needs, what matters (the WHY)
defining vision, mission, aim
defining budget (including revenue targets & expense limits)
defining budget modifications
defining operational schedules
defining client targets
defining service offerings, such as calendar of events
defining work allocation for various parts of the organization
defining leadership roles & terms, and electing leaders
defining procedures Dynamic Steering
Learning Cycle Known Notice the Change Integrate Something Changes Design Discover Measure Appreciate Lead Choose what you want now Dream Communicate Resonate Reflect Unknown Accept Do Invent new rules organisation is a process, not an object Photo by ubrayj02 - http://flic.kr/p/7tytD4 Photo by The U.S. National Archives - http://flic.kr/p/7vu3te Point the Handlebars Put your foot down The bike moves Feel your balance, change your mind, shift your weight Whoops! Notice you're off balance Leadership = Holding Space + Modeling What is Possible Leadership = Telling people what's needed and how to accomplish it Manifesto for Agile Software Development

We are uncovering better ways of developing
software by doing it and helping others do it.
Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools
Working software over comprehensive documentation
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
Responding to change over following a plan

That is, while there is value in the items on
the right, we value the items on the left more. Agile Iterative learning No more structure than needed Structure is developed over time Development team learns, develops & consents to new policy Sociocracy is a way of running an agile organisation Engineering standards are maintained by consent of global body of practitioners Sociocratic leaders are expected to understand the technical standards (Norms) Sociocratic orgs evolve through experiment, and pass best practices to the global Sociocratic Centrum In a graceful organisation, things happen easily and in harmony with the organisation's environment.
Elegant leadership does not spend energy controlling --
instead it guides and inspires.
The rest of the work is done by the system -- the team, the community -- itself. Types of Decision-Making; Kinds of Leadership
1. Adhoc: Act now on what matters to you
2. Traditional: Remember and remind of what has worked
3. Charismatic: Inspire action with your talents and will
4. Bureacratic: Know the rules and help others follow them.
5. Democratic: Make friends and influence people
6. Sociocratic: Listen deeply and facilitate creative synthesis The Drama Triangle When you're not learning, not at peace, not having fun...
When you're struggling with problems and threats...
You're on... Villain Victim Hero Appreciative Awareness Authentic Communication Creative Responsibility Impeccable Agreements The sociocratic vision is a society based on the sociocratic principles in which people live together as different, unique persons on the basis of mutual equivalency in decision-making.

The Sociocratic Norms of the SCN 1001 series contain a cohering body of knowledge for the production of equivalency.

-Sociocratic Norms 2010, ©2010 Sociocratisch Centrum used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license 1. Get the power to make changes
a. In a bureaucracy, the top
b. In a democracy, the majority
2. Start a skunkworks
a. State an intention & start evaluating
b. Train as you go
c. Evolve your policy
3. Link it to other groups
a. Get reps from below; send a rep up.
4. Pass on best practices through the org The Pernicious Illusion of Control
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