A Brief History of Organizations: The Quest to Reinvent Work

Quest to Reinvent WorkThe way we work isn’t working anymore.

Some experts blame traditional organizational hierarchies, incentives that fail to motivate, disengaged employees (two-thirds of the workforce), and a system that overcompensates management while undervaluing frontline workers.

New ways of working have already evolved, explains corporate coach Frederic Laloux in Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness. He poses an important question:

Can we create organizations free of politics, bureaucracy and infighting; free of stress and burnout; free of resignation, resentment, and apathy; and free of the posturing at the top and the drudgery at the bottom?

Some say we’re on the verge of a shift in the way we organize and manage people who must work together. Others aren’t so sure. Is it really possible to reinvent organizations? Can we devise a new model that makes work more productive—and, even more importantly—truly fulfilling and meaningful?

In the course of history, humankind has repeatedly reinvented how people come together to get work done, each time creating a new, vastly superior organizational model. What’s more, this historical perspective hints at a new organizational design that may be just around the corner, waiting to emerge.

This article reviews the history of organizations in a quest to reinvent work to be more meaningful and engaging.  It suggests a new organizational model for the future of work.

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  • Organizations’ Evolving Stages
  • Early Tribal Organizations
  • Early Organization of Labor
  • Today’s Organizations
  • Teal: The Newest Stage of Organizations
  • Leaders of Teal Organizations


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