Every play the Zappos drinking game? Every time an HR person talks about Zappos, you have to drink.
Get ready to drink a lot.
In case you missed it, Zappos is making the move to to an org structure called Holacracy. Here's the definition of that org structure from my friend Paul Hebert at Fistful of Talent:
"Holacracy is an organization structure that seeks to replace the traditional, hierarchical organization structure with governing “circles” focused on specific work outputs—not titles or functions per se. Each circle operates autonomously and without job titles for its members. Members of circles (employees) can be part of multiple circles and can do different things depending on the focus of the specific circle."
Go read Paul's post, because it's a good one. Then, read this post by William Tincup at FOT as well. We like talking about this stuff. I'm thinking of starting a blog called 99problemswithHolacracy, because we could fill that sucker up.
But back to the point. You and I both know that if half the world went to something like holacracy, we'd pick off recruits like vultures. Here's how you and I would negatively recruit against anyone that deploys this org structure:
1. You have no title. How's that working out for you? Tried to put your resume together lately? Every month you remain without a meaningful title, your lifetime earnings are going down.
2. Managing people is the excepted path to greatness. You don't have a path to that traditional view of greatness. Tick, tock, my friends. Lifetime earnings going down. Tick. Tock.
3. You're tired of people who aren't as smart as you having the same voice in decisions. Is this Russia Danny? No. I think you're smart too. Better jump now, Danny.
4. You say tomato, I say committee. Whether you call them teams, circles, whatever - the real name for the structure you have is "by committee". Where are committees that handle management decisions strongest? In government. How is that working out?
The ability to negative recruit against a holocracy basically comes down to whether you believe in the individual or the group/pack.
Last time I checked, we lived in America. I choose the individual.