TEAL DOTS IN AN ORANGE WORLD

– How to organize the workplace of the future

BY ERIK KORSVIK ØSTERGAARD

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Nominated by CMI, UK:

Management Book of the Year 2020 in the ‘Business and Leadership Transformed’-category

Why should you read this book?

The business world is changing. New kinds of organizations are emerging, and everybody is talking about or experimenting with sociocracy/holacracy, agile, lean startup, or teal. The challenge is, that these structures are extremely hard to scale to massive corporate businesses, with thousands of employees.

This book addresses exactly this:

How do you create an organizational platform, so that new and modern organizational “dots” can emerge and live on this platform; dots, that are based on teal-like methodologies? And, what leadership is required?

The nine-element model for the ecosystem of the modern organization. The book goes in-depth with each element, including case studies and real-life examples.

‘Teal Dots’ in the media:

Article in CEO World:
How to be a Chief Ecosystem Officer

Blog post, Global Peter Drucker Forum:
The rhythm of the ecosystem

Article in Fair Observer:
How to Keep Your Business in Sync With a Changing World

Blog post:
How to lead an ecosystem

Featured in HRDirector
(physical only)

Featured in SCENARIO Magazine
(physical copy)

“A very practical and modern approach to building future organizations”

Jacob Morgan, Author of ‘The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade’

“An actionable education and refreshing thinking on how you can change organizations for better results while focusing on the  areas of business that matter.”

Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company

“This book provides an insightful and practical approach for creating more humanized organisations. I warmly welcome it!”.

Professor Vlatka Hlupic, Author of ‘The Management Shift’ and ‘Humane Capital’, HR Most Influential Thinker 2019

“The times we live in might seem chaotic and for sure speed has proven to take the breath away from many people. This is why clear minds, reflected leadership and helpful tools are needed more than ever, to make sure we set our feet right.

The prerogative of being a leader can soon be over, if you forget to make sense in your organisation. ‘Teal Dots in an Orange World’ can support you in managing the leadership journey, after you have worked with ‘Who am I as a leader – what is my leadership and how will I manage my prerogative mandate'”

Stine Bosse, Chairman

“His charts, his references, his stories are so compelling, simple and artful it’s crying out to be as big a book as Laloux’s was in 2014. And that’s as big an accolade as I could give for anyone’s written work this side of the new millennium.

With this book, we can take such dreams to a level of practical, pragmatic and better still, proven ways to be, do and work together. (…) It’s so practical it’s the loudest whisper there is that rings in the changes needed for a revolution in our work. I want all leaders, followers, entrepreneurs, inventors and apostles for work done better, to agree on and say “that’s it, this book is the way to build our dreams towards”.

I absolutely love it to bits. It’s truly monumentous.”

Perry Timms, CEO, TEDx Speaker, Author of ‘Transformational HR’, entrant on HR Magazine’s HR’s Most Influential Thinker 2017, ‘18 and ’19

“Based on a changing world, the book’s content looks at the act of leadership for years to come.

In a work that crosses the boundaries of culture, meaning-driven development, psychological security, sustainability, design thinking, teamwork and decision-making, Østergaard delivers a deep as well as broad perspective of future leadership.

It is not readily available material Østergaard delivers, but it is elaborate; a cornucopia of models, overviews, illustrations and reflection exercises combined with cases taken from some of our time’s largest organizations in the domestic market.

The book is best suited for the large and ambitious organizations, but can be read by anyone who wants a sneak peek into the future before it gets serious.”

Alexandra Krautwald, Managing Director, Advisory Board Member, Keynote Speaker, Author, Member of Expert Panel at Børsen Ledelse

“Erik Korsvik Østergaard’s new book carries on where his last book ended, as where we are getting closer to the understanding of the changes happening in management and organizational design. And there IS a need for change, since there is much from our old hierarchical, linear and cultural baggage that has to find new forms in a world where fundamental structures are changing.

Humanity, empathy and creativity are the way forward. Erik gives a strong input on how you can actively work on finding your own way in creating meaning and coherence for yourself as a leader, for your employees, your organization, your stakeholders and the outside world. Five Teal stars to Erik’s new book.”

Jesper Rønnow Simonsen, Director, Networker, Mentor

“Teal Dots gives much needed tools, and voice, to the people who want to kickstart the transformation from a hierarchy to a decentralized, transparent organization.  Many don’t have the power the top boss has, but they can nevertheless stir the revolutionary embers by giving people a chance to experience being an adult at work.  To own their work, to take command of it, and make it meaningful.

I am very happy to see Erik’s follow up to his Responsive Leader.  It reflects the fact that this movement will continue to evolve as it grows.  In the words of Lisa Gill, “enjoy the road because there’s no finish line.””
Matt M Perez, COO & Co-Founder, Nearsoft
“Erik helps you think about how an organization can flourish by applying a modern leadership mindset. The combination of his findings and the work of other visionaries is a recipe for organizational transformation.”
Matthew Gonnering, CEO, Widen

“A very practical and modern approach to building future organizations”

Jacob Morgan, Author of ‘The Future Leader: 9 Skills and Mindsets to Succeed in the Next Decade’

“An actionable education and refreshing thinking on how you can change organizations for better results while focusing on the  areas of business that matter.”

Garry Ridge, CEO, WD-40 Company

“This book provides an insightful and practical approach for creating more humanized organisations. I warmly welcome it!”.

Professor Vlatka Hlupic, Author of ‘The Management Shift’ and ‘Humane Capital’, HR Most Influential Thinker 2019
“Erik helps you think about how an organization can flourish by applying a modern leadership mindset. The combination of his findings and the work of other visionaries is a recipe for organizational transformation.”
Matthew Gonnering, CEO, Widen

“Teal Dots gives much needed tools, and voice, to the people who want to kickstart the transformation from a hierarchy to a decentralized, transparent organization.  Many don’t have the power the top boss has, but they can nevertheless stir the revolutionary embers by giving people a chance to experience being an adult at work.  To own their work, to take command of it, and make it meaningful.

I am very happy to see Erik’s follow up to his Responsive Leader.  It reflects the fact that this movement will continue to evolve as it grows.  In the words of Lisa Gill, “enjoy the road because there’s no finish line.””
Matt M Perez, COO & Co-Founder, Nearsoft

Featuring case studies from Microsoft Denmark, Ørsted, TrustWorks, and Pingala.

New ways of working are emerging

The content and message of the book reflects four observation based on at least 15 years of working in corporate enterprises:

  1. Getting extraordinary things done in the modern corporate world happens in small teams only
  2. Work happens in highly connected networks
  3. Tactical execution happens when the touchpoints are frequent and physical
  4. The reorganization as an activity is a pivot point for transformational leadership

These observations are uncorrelated to the size and impact of the organization: Success is not an attribute of corporate collaboration, but of small self-managed teams in a teams-of-teams structure – hence teal dots in an orange world: Self-propelled teams in a universe of minimal corporate support.

What is in it for you?

Where “The Responsive Leader” set the scene, describing the paradigm shift towards the future organizations, “Teal Dots in an Orange World” will address how to create that structure:

  • The design of Teal Dots (small teams)
  • The design of the modern Orange World (the minimal corporate support)
  • How to distribute projects and activities in a new way
  • How to redesign the corporate rhythm
  • How to handle the space and network between the teams
  • How to master and lead the elements of the ecosystem
  • Which corporate skills and capabilities that are needed
  • How to design the paradigm shift and execute it
  • And thus: How to handle tactical execution in an ever-changing world

The title refers to the work done by Frederic Laloux in his book “Reinventing Organizations”, where he describes five organizational stages (Red, Amber, Orange, Green, Teal): Orange being the classical corporate structure; teal being the modern team-oriented organism.

New ways of working are emerging

The content and message of the book reflects four observation based on at least 15 years of working in corporate enterprises:

  1. Getting extraordinary things done in the modern corporate world happens in small teams only
  2. Work happens in highly connected networks
  3. Tactical execution happens when the touchpoints are frequent and physical
  4. The reorganization as an activity is a pivot point for transformational leadership

These observations are uncorrelated to the size and impact of the organization: Success is not an attribute of corporate collaboration, but of small self-managed teams in a teams-of-teams structure – hence teal dots in an orange world: Self-propelled teams in a universe of minimal corporate support.

What is in it for you?

Where “The Responsive Leader” set the scene, describing the paradigm shift towards the future organizations, “Teal Dots in an Orange World” will address how to create that structure:

  • The design of Teal Dots (small teams)
  • The design of the modern Orange World (the minimal corporate support)
  • How to distribute projects and activities in a new way
  • How to redesign the corporate rhythm
  • How to handle the space and network between the teams
  • How to master and lead the elements of the ecosystem
  • Which corporate skills and capabilities that are needed
  • How to design the paradigm shift and execute it
  • And thus: How to handle tactical execution in an ever-changing world

The title refers to the work done by Frederic Laloux in his book “Reinventing Organizations”, where he describes five organizational stages (Red, Amber, Orange, Green, Teal): Orange being the classical corporate structure; teal being the modern team-oriented organism.

About Erik Korsvik Østergaard

Erik Korsvik Østergaard (b. 1973) is partner in Bloch&Østergaard, which he founded in 2014. He holds a degree as Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Technical University of Copenhagen with a thesis in chaos mathematics, and has an EBA in cross-cultural project management.

Erik has worked with leadership, digitization, strategy, change management, and organizational transformation in +15 years, as manager, project manager, and consultant – and has a burning passion for leadership and engagement.

Over the past years Erik has focused on codifying the mechanisms for the future of work, striving to establish a leadership framework that provides the modern organizations and leaders with a coupling between megatrends, theory, and real-life practice. This has led to a line of correlated models for strategy execution, innovation in daily-life, culture, and the networked organization, which has been justified in a long number of situations in both large, international organizations, and in scale-up companies. Combined, this has provided good, measurable results; especially on people analytics.

The four key findings in his work is gathered in his book “The Responsive Leader”, published February 2018 via LID Publishing, and includes three cases of modern organizations.

In addition, he acts as a mentor, speaker, inspirator, and motivator. He is a regular guest lecturer at Copenhagen Business School (CBS), and is also a keen jazz pianist, songwriter, and singer.

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written by Erik Korsvik Østergaard and
published by LID Publishing
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Et hurtigt tilbageblik fortæller os, at for 2 år siden sad Erik og @linebloch_ og redigerede på den første bog: 'The Responsive Leader', og selvsamme øvelse for 'Teal Dots in an Orange World' er afsluttet. 📖🥂 Nu begynder næste fase i bogprocessen: Indsamling af anbefalinger og endorsments til bogens cover og udarbejdelse af en markedsføringsplan. 🤓👏🏻#throughback #theresponsiveleader #tealdotsinanorangeworld #blochoestergaard
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