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Strategy Evolution in Holacracy

I have learning about Holacracy for a long time..say..8 years, but I only begun to really practice it and indeed, only in the practicing do you begin to truly understand Holacracy.  So in my small Buddhist group we are trying to form, we are trying to implement Holacracy. I came across an interesting issue. I am not the Lead-Link. The other partner is the Lead Link and it is her authority to create  a strategy for the circle. Now, if I feel this strategy causes me a hinderance of getting work done for my role then according to the constitution, I have the right to propose a new strategy (or modify the existing strategy) even though it falls outside of my domain. I feel I am stepping on her authority of strategy for the circle. What is your view about this?

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Dennis Ross


One of the Lead Link accountabilities is to establish priorities and Strategies for the Circle. In Holacracy, Strategies are heuristics (think rule of thumb or one good thing even over another good thing) that guide the Circle's Roles in self-identifying priorities on an ongoing basis (2.2.2).


Strategies should align with the Circle's Purpose and Accountabilities (remember that the Lead Link holds the Purpose of the Circle). These Strategies should help guide you as you prioritize your Role's work in the Circle.


The Tension you describe in your post could indicate that the Strategy defined by the Lead Link is not aligned with the Circle's Purpose... OR that your Role is not aligned with the Circle (think about what it would be like to have a Role of Mechanical Engineer in a Sales Circle).


Your Role cannot modify existing Strategy, but I would recommend you share your Tension with the Lead Link and make a pitch for her to revise the Strategy.


I hope this helps.

- Dennis

Bernard Marie Chiquet

Hi Daesun,

If you sense such tension, one option would be to go to governance and add a policy like "In lieu et place of the Lead_Link for defining strategies, the circle will run a strategy meeting every [whatever period seems suitable] using the following process facilitated by [whatever role makes sense, Facilitator for example]:

[ explicit the process] (There are several different cool apps available for defining strategies)

Hope this helps.


Thanks Bernard and Ross. I will definitely give these a shot. Good ideas. Keep you posted.