Welcome to our landing page for the concepts, the philosophies of work, that underlie what we do at Teal Unicorn. We are optimistic in the medium term that workplace culture is advancing. We call this advance the Open movement. It is not a framework/model/theory, it is a name for one direction the social wind blows.
Here’s how it all fits together, with embedded links you can follow to specific page. We suggest you read this page first, though it is one of the longer pages on this site.
Business bosses are starting to get it, that work and management can be better than the conventional ways. Word is getting through, on several levels:
– the impossibility of managing knowledge workers in conventional ways
– the need for organisational agility as a survival strategy as the world becomes increasingly VUCA
– the demand for stakeholder values over shareholder or customer value.
All three drivers lead us to the same conclusion: Open Work, or Human Systems Adaptability, as we call it at Teal Unicorn:
– Bringing more humanity to work.
– Improving holistic systems.
– Optimising for change.
[At Teal Unicorn, we are training ourselves to say “better ways of working” instead of “new”. “New ways of working” has been used by remote work. Even more importantly, most of the ideas are not new, they’re just not widely adopted. We know they’re better. Better results, better lives, better society. So you will find both words used interchangeably on this site: new/better. We now think “better” is better.]
For the practical application of these ideas, see our articles on S&T Happens
It is easy to be impatient, but this kind of shift takes decades. We must unwind the damage of the last fifty years of Friedmanism first. It’s happening.
As everybody is surely aware by now, big things are afoot in how we think about work and management. There are at least two fundamental drivers:
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In the face of this shift in thinking, and accelerating change, this is what we know about (and continue to study) to deal with it:
Better ways of management to make work better: Lean, Agile, Servant, Invitational, Business Agility: we combine them in our Unicorn Management Model™.
Better ways of working that management enables: collaborative, agile, empowered knowledge work; iterative, incremental, experimenting, exploring complex systems. (Including within IT.)
Teal Unicorn exists to advance the ideas of better Open ways of thinking, working, and especially managing, in order to make work better: better results, better lives, better society. We hope you join in
Rob and Cherry