From Gary Hamel, Wall Street Journal’s #1 business thinker,and noted consultant Michele Zanini, a revolutionary manifesto and practical manual for freeing the human spirit at work.

In a world of unrelenting change and unprecedented challenges, we need organizations that are resilient and daring.

Unfortunately, most organizations, overburdened by bureaucracy, are inertial and timid. In the age of upheaval, top-down power structures and rule-choked management systems are a liability. They crush creativity and stifle initiative. As leaders, employees, investors and citizens, we deserve better. We need organizations that are bold, entrepreneurial and as nimble as change itself. Hence this book.

In Humanocracy, Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini make a passionate, data-driven argument for excising bureaucracy and replacing it with something better. Drawing on more than a decade of research, and packed with practical examples, Humanocracy lays out a detailed blueprint for creating organizations that are as inspired and ingenious as the human beings inside them.

Critical building blocks include:


Rallying colleagues to the challenge of busting bureaucracy


Leveraging the experience of organizations that have profitably challenged the bureaucratic status quo


Escaping the industrial age thinking that frustrates progress


Activating a pro-change coalition to hack outmoded management systems and processes


Embedding the principles of humanocracy—ownership, experimentation, meritocracy, markets, openness, community and paradox—in your organization’s DNA. 

If you’ve finally run out of patience with bureaucratic bullshit…

If you want to build an organization that can out-run change…

If you’re committed to giving every team member the chance to learn, grow and contribute…

…then this book’s for you.

Whatever your role or title, Humanocracy will show you how to launch an unstoppable movement to equip and empower everyone in your organization to be their best and to do their best. The ultimate prize: an organization that’s fit for the future and fit for human beings.


Packed with keen insights and practical guidance, Humanocracy is an essential book.

Daniel H. Pink #1 NYT Bestselling author of Drive and To Sell is Human


It’s a prescription for unlocking game-changing innovation and the value of every individual.

Marc Benioff Founder, Salesforce

An invitation to management renegades . . .

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