ScaleSuccessive stages of letting go@chfry
“Life can only beunderstood backwards;but it must be livedforwards” -Kierkegaard
Topics• Hiring• Autonomous Teams• Information Dispersal• Economics• Organizational Hacks• Iteration• Learning Organization...
“Hire the best and get outof their way”What is your philosophy of leadership?How much direct management?How hands off shou...
How would you run a 10person, 100 person, 1000person organization?Let’s design
What is the unit ofmanagement?Autonomous Teams
What is the unit ofmanagement?AutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomo...
Information Dispersal &CommunicationEveryone is an executive - DruckerLeadership is communicationListen -> Decide -> Commu...
EconomicsImagine you are the mayor of a small townYou should break every year or soThe job of the hierarchy is to defeat t...
Organizational hacksInnovative algorithms that invert theeconomicsOOMAgileCMP
Organizational hacksWhat is somethingyou’ve always wantedto try?
IterationGet to 1.0 as soon as possible - Edit modeIterate / Learn
Learning OrganizationBuild an org that learns through honesty,retrospectives and dataPlato vs Aristotle
Structure & RepetitionUse just too little structureBuild a regular rhythm
Invest in leadership@dickc runs a class on management forevery new managerFocus on leadershipEducate
Being a public figureYou are on stage, all the timeYou own the perception of your work
Socialize / Ceremony /CelebrateCompanies are networks of relationshipsbetween human beings
Thankyou!
Scaling Organizations
Scaling Organizations
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Scaling Organizations

  1. 1. ScaleSuccessive stages of letting go@chfry
  2. 2. “Life can only beunderstood backwards;but it must be livedforwards” -Kierkegaard
  3. 3. Topics• Hiring• Autonomous Teams• Information Dispersal• Economics• Organizational Hacks• Iteration• Learning Organization• Structure & Repetition• Invest in Leadership• Being a public figure• Socialize / Ceremony / Celebrate
  4. 4. “Hire the best and get outof their way”What is your philosophy of leadership?How much direct management?How hands off should you be?Everyone is an executive
  5. 5. How would you run a 10person, 100 person, 1000person organization?Let’s design
  6. 6. What is the unit ofmanagement?Autonomous Teams
  7. 7. What is the unit ofmanagement?AutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeamAutonomoAutonomoususTeamTeam
  8. 8. Information Dispersal &CommunicationEveryone is an executive - DruckerLeadership is communicationListen -> Decide -> Communicate @dickcTo create autonomy push as muchinformation as you can to the leaf nodes
  9. 9. EconomicsImagine you are the mayor of a small townYou should break every year or soThe job of the hierarchy is to defeat thehierarchyMonarchy and Democracy
  10. 10. Organizational hacksInnovative algorithms that invert theeconomicsOOMAgileCMP
  11. 11. Organizational hacksWhat is somethingyou’ve always wantedto try?
  12. 12. IterationGet to 1.0 as soon as possible - Edit modeIterate / Learn
  13. 13. Learning OrganizationBuild an org that learns through honesty,retrospectives and dataPlato vs Aristotle
  14. 14. Structure & RepetitionUse just too little structureBuild a regular rhythm
  15. 15. Invest in leadership@dickc runs a class on management forevery new managerFocus on leadershipEducate
  16. 16. Being a public figureYou are on stage, all the timeYou own the perception of your work
  17. 17. Socialize / Ceremony /CelebrateCompanies are networks of relationshipsbetween human beings
  18. 18. Thankyou!

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