Holacracy Community of Practice Archive, 2015-2019 Community Holacracy Web Site

This is where the Human Meets Holacracy - and it's not easy for many.

In a traditional hierarchy, you could

  1. Go to the Maestro and say 'have, I've had a number of volunteers show up with nothing set up for them to do, and it's eating into my time, OR
  2. Go to your colleague's supervisor and say 'you know, I've had a number of volunteers show up with nothing set up for them to do. Would you look into the Maestro's productivity?'

In Holacracy, you could

  1. Exactly the same as #1 above - you bring your Tension directly to the Role, who is bound/required to process your Tension
  2. Bring that same Tension to Tactical and say the same thing
  3. Provide feedback to the @Lead Link about the Role fit and/or distribution of resource that could be affecting the Maestro's productivity

What I've found in the 3.5+ years of our implementation is that this interaction between colleagues is still one of our biggest challenges.

I think in many occasions we have found ourselves wondering if/when someone else is going to intervene with colleagues who aren't getting things done.

What I do know is that there is no 'boss' who's going to come along and handle it for me/us/you - and - that if/when I have a Tension about someone else's non-completion of an accountability, I am actually required by the constitution to process that Tension.

Do I? Sometimes.

And I have more often than not been the member of the team who points to the rules (constitution), who points to the agreed-upon processes or structure (governance) that we aren't following, and it. gets. tiring.

and, a bit lonely sometimes.