What is the No Management Approach?
The “no management” approach is, simply, one wherein there aren’t managers and organizations use more agile, lean approaches to operation. Pawel Brodinski recognizes some of the value in this (and some of the companies that are doing it well, such as Semco, Valve or Zappos), but he’s not impressed. In particular, he explains how it should come down to a mindset and not necessarily changing the traditional management structure within a company. The no management approach probably won’t become a trend, but the mindset very well may:
We are so strongly rooted in traditional approach to management that I don’t expect many would find it easy to change their mindset. And they don’t need to. We may take pretty much whatever reasonable organization’s success criteria you want. Then, basing on the criteria we’ll find the most successful companies in the world. I’m almost sure that the top ones would be those with pretty traditional management approach.
Change Your Mindset, Not Your Business
One of the reasons that Brodinski doesn’t see the no management approach working is simply because it’s so hard to do well, and even harder to do at scale. So instead of trying to get rid of your entire management system, empower your managers to (instead of making every decision), delegate decision making across their teams. You still have the management in place but are encouraging the no management approach. Furthermore, you can limit this approach to particularly well-founded teams or groups in the organization, saving yourself of having a poor producing team which now is also struggling with creating a no management style group.
Read the full blog post here: http://brodzinski.com/2014/02/nomanagement-mindset.html