The recent review done by Bertil Löfkvist, Ph.D. highlights some important points of the book written by Alicia and Rolf Medina: Teal.Tillit.Transparens is a book that contains not only guidance to get better management in organizations but also real-life examples. This book also features the importance of the human factor in organizational management. It is quite interesting to read the analysis of Bertil Löfkvist next to the investigation done by Alicia and Rolf Medina.

Yesterday and Today

The book first introduces the background of today’s management in organizations which is important to form your own thoughts about the situation in today’s world. The interesting part about this section is that it has scientific facts, tips for change alongside the past and current circumstances of organizational management.

Another interesting point in this review is that Bertil Löfkvist draws the attention to authors challenging the idea of just copying and pasting the methods recommended by Sociocracy, Holocracy, Teal, etc. 15 successful organizations that follow these approaches are mentioned in this book. Of course, it is up to each organisation to see how well these methods would work for them or to choose the appropriate ones that match their needs. Each organization has some unique features but there is a lot to compare and learn from these methods.

The DP model

Certainly, the main concept of this book, the DP model is emphasized in the review as well. Bertil Löfkvist mentions the first area (people) in the DP model. The authors point out the importance of happy, committed, and engaged people to have a successful organization. Bertil Löfkvist also gives prominence to this aspect. He gives an example of an employee who is happy with his work because his personal life is not violated by loads of work. The characteristics mentioned in the book besides Bertil’s insights can be really helpful for both employees and managers to evaluate their work process and to try to fix the parts that lead to an unproductive work environment.

Problem and Solution

He ends his review with the problem he had once and the possible solution mentioned by the authors of the book. Adopting agile methodology in business areas can be hard and time-consuming. Sometimes it may lead to a waste of time, energy as well. Combining scrum and the governance model in sociocracy can be a helpful technique mentioned by the authors of the book. The book goes into depth about how this method works, the explanation for scrum teams and how to design them, the Socratic WOW(ways of working) outcomes that can lead to two-way leadership and communication. Swedish management style “rise and fall”, the authors’ opinion on it, their own research, their own life experience are given priority in this review as well. Anyone interested in the current organizational management should read the book herself to form their own point of view in these distinctive techniques.

Here is the original review done by Bertil Löfkvist:öfkvist-review-1.pdf

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