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 […]
About Scott Russell Dempster
Scott is the Creative Director at Ian Martin. His goal in life is to take boring stuff and make it easier to understand. When not pushing pixels around, he can be heard (from great distances) playing the bagpipes.
Entries by Scott Russell Dempster
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 […]
I want to tell you a story. I want to tell you a story about a guy named James. James is a singer, a songwriter, and a classically trained musician. As the co-founder of the folk duo, Ash & Bloom, James spent 10 years on the road touring and making great music. Despite finding real success […]
(Some of the team just before we reviewed our reviews) “This was the best feedback ever. It was thoughtful, inspiring, helpful and full of love.” – Fitzii’s BD Whiz after her review. It would be fair to say that most company performance reviews fail to generate this kind of enthusiasm. Yet I heard many […]
The Fitzii team works mainly out of two offices in the greater Toronto area and there is also a fair amount of remote and flexible working happening. Early on we held monthly all-hands meetings with the intention of getting everyone together, keeping up-to-date, discussing team-wide topics, and helping build stronger relationships. The first few meetings […]
The concept of self-management is in the news a lot these days – mostly thanks to Tony Hsieh’s Holacracy implementation at Zappos. Like Fitzii did in February, Zappos and now many other organizations around the world are experimenting with structures that don’t involve traditional managers. This movement was inspired by the breakthrough book, Reinventing […]
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, […]
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 […]
Today we’re releasing one of our most important feature updates ever. It’s one that’s been frequently asked for and that we’ve been very carefully considering, since it’s in the direct territory of our purpose, our WHY – to better connect people with meaningful work. We’re really excited to have found a way to stay true […]
Our meaningful work at Fitzii is connect more people with meaningful work. Accordingly, we’re quite obsessed with the subject, which also happens to be a topic that most of the world’s influential thinkers have had something to say about.