Organizational Growth

HoloMats of Octologues
On reflection, most people would agree that everything really satisfying and rewarding in life is derived from some form of creativity. Extensive research conducted from 1981 to 2001 proved unequivocally that, for the purpose of maximizing creativity in a group, the following conditions are optimal:
Podolsky & Gamble

1. The purpose of the group is ethical.

2. Group size is 7 to 9 participants.

3. The group is comprised of equal, or nearly equal, numbers of men and women.

4. Group decisions are always constrained to be unanimous,

5. The members of the group have agreed to exchange corrective feedback on a mutually respectful basis.

Groups so constituted are called Octologues, and combinations of Octologues that form bigger groups are called HoloMats. Organizations developed in this way have many advantages over hierarchic organizations. Specifically, members of Octologues:

  • Remain independent,
  • Have an equal say in the Octologue’s operations,

  • Share the group’s profits, if the group is a business,

  • Have no bosses, supervisors, or managers,

  • Establish a solid circle of supportive friends,

  • Usually have a good time,

  • Pay less in taxes, and 

  • Never prefer their experience of hierarchies to their experience of Octologues.

It should be noted that this organizational methodology builds on the methods of such successful firms as Gore & Associates, Visa, Semco, and Morningstar Farms – all of whom have achieved great success using non-hierarchic self-managing techniques.

Since every business comprised of more than one person is also an organization, it goes without saying that these methods apply to businesses – so let’s take a quick look at how these principles might apply in the business world.

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