Entries by Edwin Jansen

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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 […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

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, […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

We Eliminated Management!… see what happens

About seven months ago – on Valentine’s Day to be exact – the team here at Fitzii had a fun ceremony to celebrate that we had officially eliminated any “management” responsibilities within the team. We saluted each other and said…  “We don’t have managers anymore!” Why We Got Rid of Management It all started when […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

What’s the Best Day to Post a Job Ad?

Being in the job posting business, this is a question we should get all the time. But we don’t. That’s likely because many people mistakenly believe they already know the best day to post a job ad. It’s Friday! Right? Don’t many job seekers use the weekend to find a new line of work? Actually, […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.

Learning from the Best: Shackleton’s Mythic Job Ad

In 1914, Ernest Shackleton, the famous British Antarctic explorer, led a team of 28 brave souls on an expedition to make the first land crossing of the Antarctic continent. In an epic feat of endurance this team suffered the most horrific hardships imaginable and defied the odds to make it back alive. A lot of […]

Edwin is a marketing leader and general ruckus-maker at Fitzii.