Summary of First, Let’s Get Rid of All the Bosses
A radical experiment at Zappos to end the office workplace as we know it
New Republic, 2015
Managers can stay at Zappos – but only if they stop managing.
In 2015, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh announced a radical measure: As part of the firm’s endeavor to become a “Holacractic” – that is management-less – organization, it would no longer have “people managers.” Staffers could embrace the self-management philosophy or leave. Roger D. Hodge, national editor at the online publication The Intercept, mingled among Zappos employees and presents their reactions to the announcement. He also explains Holacracy’s philosophy and guiding principles, as well as the character traits of the unconventional CEO who drove the decision to enforce self-management. getAbstract recommends this read to any manager curious about the pain and enthusiasm that accompanies radical change.
In this summary, you will learn
- What working at Zappos is like
- What kind of future Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh envisions for the company
- How Zappos’s employees cope in their new reality
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