How to Unf*** Management

The Humorous Side of Humanocracy

Original cartoons developed by Gary Hamel and illustrated by some of the world’s most illustrious cartoonists.

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August 11, 2020

Bureaucracy is just too hard. Too many layers, managers, staffers, processes, policies, reports, targets, metrics, committees, and meetings!! You need all this when you try to run a business from the top by remote control—when you don’t give those on the front line the skills, information, autonomy and skills they need to be self-managing

August 6, 2020

Contrary to conventional wisdom, what makes a job low skilled is not the nature of the work to be performed, or the credentials required, but the opportunities employees have to grow their capabilities and tackle new problems. 

August 4, 2020

As you may have noticed, people with power are reluctant to give it up, and often have the means to defend their prerogatives. That’s a problem, since you can’t build a human­-centric organization without flattening the pyramid.

July 31, 2020

Ask just about anyone to draw a picture of their organization and you’ll get the familiar pyramid of lines and boxes. Formal hierarchy is simple, scalable, and  seemingly timeless. It’s also a colossal liability in a lightspeed world.

July 29, 2020

The question at the core of bureaucracy is, “How do we get human beings to better serve the organization?” The question at the heart of humanocracy is, “What sort of organization elicits the best that human beings can give?”