A self-managing consultancy and future-of-work laboratory

In this article, I’ll show you how we work inside The Ready — an organization transformation consultancy. We’re a fully self-managing company; there are no bosses or managers, our team members set their own salaries, and we make decisions collectively. Throughout the article, we’ll share with you how we work…

As reported in TechCrunch today, for the past six months my team and I have been quietly working on something new. It’s a software startup called Murmur, and it’s going to change the world of work.

The Problem

Let’s face it, work sucks. You’ve seen it firsthand. Tensions between teams. Meetings to…

A bench full of star players does not automatically produce a winning team. Use these exercises to build a sense of membership on your team.

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Once a year, about a hundred miles outside of Reno, the Burning Man festival descends upon the desert for a weeklong social experiment in community, art, transcendence, and bacchanalia. Seventy thousand people supported by two thousand volunteers appear out of nowhere and stand up a self-contained society founded on ten…

How to rebuild your organization from the ground up

UPDATE: A newer version of this article (and tool) exists. Click here to read it.

Organization design is hard. Whether you’re the CEO of a global corporation, the founder of a startup, or a team leader inside one of the tens of thousands of companies that make our world turn, you’re up against one of the greatest puzzles ever conceived.

We see evidence of this…

The debt that’s crippling your company isn’t on your balance sheet. Here’s what to do about it.

Debt has been around for thousands of years. You borrow money. The lender charges interest until you pay the money back. It’s simple. More recently, the software development community coined a term for another kind of debt: technical debt. Technical debt is the notion that taking shortcuts while writing…

How to bring richness and rigor back into your workplace

Have you ever prepared something for your boss or leadership only to be told that it was far too complex and needed to be simplified? If so, you’re not alone. Every day millions of strategies, analyses, reports, and emails are reduced to a set of jargon-laced bullet points.

In theory…

Aaron Dignan

Founder @theready and @murmur, investor, friend to misfit toys. Author of Brave New Work and co-host of the Brave New Work podcast.

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