Who needs managers? Inspiration from radically new organisations [Webinar]

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This one-hour interactive webinar will delve into the inner workings of organisations such as Netflix, Patagonia, Buurtzorg and others that have cast aside the traditional models of command and control. Frontline teams ‘self-manage’ while supported by coaches instead of being directed by middle management. Trust and empowerment have replaced policies, procedures and reporting requirements. All with the aim to be able to better deal with an increasingly complex environment, create a working environment which is more in line with millennials’ expectations and retain a nimbleness and entrepreneurialism that stimulates innovation and creativity leading to customers being served better.


Date Tuesday 22nd September
Time 11am
Venue Online
Email sara.baxter@cambridgenetwork.co.uk
Cost Free for members | £10+VAT for non-members

How can existing organisations adopt some of the lessons and achieve similar outcomes? And are these lessons particularly relevant now that most of us find ourselves working from home and traditional management practices have been disrupted?

Webinar programme:

Part 1: Interactive presentation using quick polls and open discussion if numbers allow:

  1. Introduction to models of self-management: who does it and why
  2. How does it work?
  3. What are the benefits (and risks)?
  4. How to adopt the lessons from successful self-managed organisations

Part 2: Discussion

Part 3: How to make a start

Who is it aimed at?

This webinar is aimed at anyone who is asking themselves whether the traditional hierarchical structures and processes are the only organisational option out there. More specially, if you are a leader (CEO, senior manager) this may be the session for you, especially for small, fast-growing organisations who need to make big decisions about how to stay nimble or whether to become a bureaucratic beast.

If you are in charge or organisational change (HR, strategy) or wonder how to transform your operations, this session will also give you radical new input.

About Paul Jansen

Until recently Paul was COO of Buurtzorg Britain & Ireland, a consultancy representing the Dutch Buurtzorg (meaning ‘neighbourhood care’) organisation in the UK. Paul has supported various organisations in their ambition to adapt and adopt the principles of self-management, with the aim to provide better care for patients in the community, better jobs for care professionals and reduce cost.  The lessons from organisations like Buurtzorg, Patagonia, Gore, Netflix and others are applicable not only to organisations in their own sectors. If anything, self-managed organisations exist in all sectors and all corners of the world and their principles could be of benefit to any organisation. Paul writes regular blogs on the theme of self-management, which can be found here. A recent blog for thinktank Corporate Rebels can be found here.

Paul is based in Cambridge and is - of course - a Cambridge Network member.


The session will take place at 11am - 12pm on Tuesday 22nd September. Please sign up to take part! Participants will be sent a link to join via Zoom prior to the start time.

To attend:

Members: Any Cambridge Network member may attend free of charge (check for full membership in our Directory). Click on Book Now, then click the login link on the next page to receive your member discount. Alternatively, please drop sara.baxter@cambridgenetwork.co.uk an email and she will book you on.

Non-members: Non-members may also attend this session at a fee of £10+VAT. You may wish to join as a member from £50+VAT and come along to many other events for free or at member rates!


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September 22nd, 2020 11:00 AM   to   12:00 PM
United Kingdom
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