The Future of Management Is Teal

Article The Future of Management Is Teal

Organizations are moving forward along an evolutionary spectrum, toward self-management, wholeness, and a deeper sense of purpose.




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Is it possible that self-managed, purpose-driven companies are the next “great leap forward” in organizational development? Business consultant and author Frederic Laloux uses philosopher Ken Wilber’s color-based understanding of organizational developmental theory to chart the history of “organizational paradigms.” He offers detailed examples of successful businesses operating in the future-looking “Teal paradigm” and analyzes how leaders can embrace it for their own companies. getAbstract recommends this article to CEOs and business executives looking to shake up their existing management strategies.


Increasingly, employees and business leaders today express “organizational disillusionment”: – that is, the sense that existing company structures and practices don’t support innovative, purposeful work. The time is ripe for the next stage of organizational development. Philosopher Ken Wilber’s color-based understanding of organizational developmental theory traces this evolution throughout human history.

Few legitimate businesses today follow the “Red paradigm” – wherein power and fear command control; the conformist “Amber paradigm” remains...

About the Author

Frederic Laloux is an independent scholar and adviser. He is the author of Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness.

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