When I set out to start an Australia-wide business 25 years ago, I couldn’t afford to pay any salaries. So I started a ‘network’. To my great surprise, it grew beyond Australia and New Zealand to 30 countries and 300 people—none of whom were employees.
Along the way, I learned that ‘openness, independence and community’ were the secrets of success. And the ‘networked organization’, proved to be resilient, innovative and leader-full.
As a result of all this (and a son who now runs our business), I’ve been able to write a book (Designing the Networked Organization), become a Professor leading EMBA workshops, and join the world wide group learning and consulting on Reinventing Organisations.
Being unable to afford employees turned out to be a very lucky break!
I’m happy to share what I’m still learning at OS//OS 2016.