Holacracy is an operating system for organizations that want to maximize the self-organizing capabilities of individuals and teams without relying on a management hierarchy. At Voys there are no formal power holders. All power is derived from the Holacracy Constitution; the purpose is the boss.
The most important consequence of this is that work is never done by people, but only by roles. Get used to asking yourself in which role you are working. If you want work from someone else, ask yourself what role you are asking work from. If you need a decision on something, it is probably up to your role to make that decision. If you are ever afraid that you are not following the rules, remember that it is better to ask for forgiveness than for permission.
To be effective at Voys it is important that you become familiar with the theory, practices and rules of Holacracy. You have received a book about holacracy in your welcome package, please take the time to read that book and discuss any questions with your colleagues. We’ll also ask you to read all the emails from the ‘Holacracy Habits’ program that you receive from Glassfrog. If you have any questions about Holacracy, you can also approach a Holacracy Coach.
Holacracy is a system that creates a lot of clarity on who is doing what.
There are a few concepts (and words to learn) that are essential to know if you work in an organization that runs on Holacracy. You’ve learned about these in your onboarding, but for a deep(er) dive this is the place to be!
There are several 'core-roles' in Holacracy: the Circle Lead, Circle Rep, Secretary and Facilitator. Below you'll find information that is particular to those roles. Helpful if you're energizing one of these roles for the first time or want to take your role to the next level.
There are two types of meetings: Tactical Meetings, where we work in the organization (operational stuff), and Governance Meetings, where we work on the organization. Each meeting is facilitated by the Facilitator. The Secretary is the role in charge of planning the meetings.
Some other useful things to know:
- Neither tactical nor governance meetings are mandatory to attend, unless you’re specifically asked to prioritize attending a specific meeting. It’s up to you to decide whether your presence is useful;
- Every role can bring tensions to both types of meetings;
- The ‘agenda’ for the meeting is created on the fly based on tensions people bring;
- If you give an update on metrics for your role, try to not only share the data but to give information based on that data;
- For project updates during tactical meetings you only have to focus on the relevant changes since the last update. Keep it short and informative, no need to give an overview of the entire project unless someone asks. Make sure to also write project updates in Notion.
Meeting cards are useful to keep at hand during the meeting, they explain each step of the process.
There is a ton of information out there on Holacracy. We’ve selected some of the best resources here if you want to learn more.
Blogs & articles
Webinars & videos
(can be found in the bookcase in the office)
- Getting Teams done
- Holacracy Survival Guide (based on version 4 of the constitution, but most is still very relevant!)
GlassFrog tips & tricks
Courses & Workshops
One of the best way to learn Holacracy is to practice it in real life, for which you’ll have plenty of opportunities at Voys. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as long as you learn from them.
That being said, we do regularly offer workshops to help you level up your Holacracy skills. Throughout 2023 we’ll regularly offer the in-house Holacracy for Humans workshop (half day, small groups, registration and more info via the link below). There will also be three Faciliator trainings organized by our partner Energized.org for which you can sign up. And there are several ways you can do independent learning, or use your study budget + time for extra courses and workshops. Contact one of the Holacracy coaches for recommendations!