How innovative Open Organization charts work in practice

Here are examples of how this new organizational chart can function in the real world.

In the first part of this series, I illustrated what an Open Organization chart looks like based on the book Team of Teams, by Stanley McChrystal. In this second and final…

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at

Just the summary of the article below. Looks awesome and something we already in part apply in chapters and teams. But activity is lacking.

Team of Teams: Stronger together than each of its parts

A team of teams organization leads to a system of trust that serves the common good. This structure is best suited to meet this rapidly changing world by being more adaptive. There are requirements, though:

  1. Radical sharing of information (transparency).
  2. Extreme decentralization of decision-making authority and execution.
  3. Mutual bonds of trust and communication with other groups and teams.
  4. Interconnected communication system that can service the entire community that creates a shared consciousness. Knowing other people in other teams (functions and responsibilities) and establishing multiple paths to get things done makes teams more adaptive in crises. A single best path is too fragile.
  5. A community built on associations that both contribute to and benefit from their efforts directly or indirectly.

Wrap up

I’ve presented you with an image of a new organizational chart. Unofficially, to get things done, horizontal communication has been going on for decades. The difference is that updates happen within minutes, not just at weekly or monthly meetings.

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