By Teal Around the World for Enlivening Edge Magazine
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In the world of Teal organizations, it would not be overstatement to say that Frederic Laloux is like J.R.R. Tolkien to Middle-earth or C.S. Lewis to Narnia.
Frederic Laloux is author of the book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness. It took three years to research and was self-published in 2014.
It has become a global bestseller, selling over 800,000 copies and translated into over 19 languages so far. It is also considered by many to be the most influential management book of the decade, inspiring countless leaders to adopt many new and soulful practices that make for extraordinarily productive and purposeful organizations.
The premise of the book is that if a setting is created within an organization where employees can be themselves and live their work as intensely as other aspects of their lives, the amazing result is that the satisfied employees then increase the satisfaction of customers. Laloux discusses how this kind of situation results in economically successful outcomes for everyone.
Laloux describes five stages of organizational paradigm, each of which he designated a color (Red, Amber, Orange, Green, and Teal) depending on how ‘evolved’ they are. He has said, “There’s something that is transformative about these new management practices that they also fundamentally change the nature of the business itself, and the nature of society…”
The book has turned into a movement, with many organizations in many different industries deciding to make the leap to “Teal”. The basic ideas in the book are that traditional forms of organizations no longer meet the needs of all people. But instead of just exposing the problems, the book shows credible alternatives, existing and potential, and presents a wonderfully optimistic outlook. People are now seeing the importance of being kinder to themselves, others, and the environment.
After the phenomenal success of the book, Laloux didn’t rest on his laurels—he slowly but surely built up a series of 130 videos titled “Insights for the Journey” that builds on the book and focuses on the question “How can existing, traditionally-run organizations make the leap?”
He says that he has no specific idea about where he hopes the phenomenon he created will go next. It has its own life and he’s “actually really okay with letting it have its own life and letting go.” (1)
Now he is every bit as passionate as he was about the book with his bold and innovative new project: The Week.
For some time now, he has been very involved in climate change and the environment. In his Leadermorphosis Episode 55 talk with Lisa Gill in October of 2020, he said, “Amongst the very, very hard reality of how close we are to environmental and climate collapse, I feel that the soil is much more ready than we realize.” (2)
This readiness is what has led him to co-found The Week, which Laloux says is based on the fact that giving people the facts and expecting them to wake up and act has never really worked. No matter how the reports that have been released tell the story of the climate movement, people don’t react as strongly as one would think they should.
So he has set about to find out what works better: what is a better way to break through the fear and apathy? The Week is described as a rite of passage, deeply informed by ancient practices and recent insights from social sciences, to help us face the climate and environmental breakdown and find in us the commitment and joy to help us heal what is being destroyed.
This, among other things, is what Frederic Laloux will talk about in TATW2023. This will be a profound experience for us, and we can’t wait to learn more!
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