Entries by Edwin Jansen

Podcast on our Self-Management Adoption

It was an absolute pleasure to be interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts – Leadermorphosis – which: “explores the emerging world of self-management and progressive organizations”. It’s hosted by Lisa Gill, who is a real thought leader in our space, and a really insightful interviewer. Our discussion digs into the three stages of self-management adoption […]

Heartfelt Employee Love Letters

Every year, on February 14th, we break out the cake and celebrate the anniversary of the day Fitzii decided to do without any “management” roles in our company. When we began this journey into self-management four years ago we had very high expectations about the difference it would make. Somehow, the reality has been even […]

What it’s Really Like to Transition into Self-Management

Some people think that self-managing workplaces are only a good fit for a certain type of person. Or that you need to be operating above a certain “level of consciousness” in order to be ready for it.   I think this is hogwash. Our team of 20 has been working without bosses for nearly four […]

Employee Love Letters for Fitzii

Last week at Fitzii we broke out the cake and celebrated our third year of thriving without any “management” roles on the team. When we began this journey into self-management we had very high expectations about the difference it would make. Somehow, the reality has been even better than we hoped. In our last employee […]

Our Solution to Any People Problem: Do a RAP (Role Advice Process)

The following is an excerpt from the book Reinventing Scale-Ups: Radical Ideas for Growing Companies by Brent Lowe, Susan Basterfield, and Travis Marsh. The book explores progressive organizations that have developed new and unique ways of growing their people along with their business. Fitzii is honored to have been profiled in the book and particularly in this Chapter […]

10 Surprising Things About Work Without Bosses

On February 14th, the Fitzii team celebrated our own special holiday – ValenTeal’s Day – which marks the second year we’ve been operating without any managers. Actually, we haven’t just been operating without managers. We’ve been growing and thriving – as a business, as individuals, and as a team. Now that we have two years […]

Why our Purpose is Evolutionary

Back in 1996 the Harvard Business Review published Building Your Company’s Vision, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, and the business world was given instructions on how to leverage meaning for results. The article more deeply explored the author’s ideas about what a great company’s “core ideology” looks like, why it matters, and how to create […]

Confessions of a Company Without Managers (1 year later)

One year ago our company made a bold move. We eliminated all “management” responsibilities within the team. No more bosses. No more top down decisions. No more pointing fingers. Each person became responsible for their own impact and value on the team. Each person is now responsible for any problem or opportunity they see. Each […]

25 Powerful Books That Shaped Our Company

Just over a year ago a book called Reinventing Organizations inspired a radical shift at our company, as Fitzii eliminated traditional management roles in favor of a self-managing “Teal” structure. Books are still the most powerful way to convey influential ideas. So, for those people always on the lookout for inspiring new concepts, we created […]

The Good, Bad & Amazing of Six Months as a Self-Managed Company

As we promised a couple weeks back in a post called “We Eliminated Management! See What Happens”, the Fitzii team has committed to writing about our experiences since we rid ourselves of traditional management roles in February of this year. This move was inspired by the work of Frederic Laloux, and his book Reinventing Organizations, […]