Autonomy is the forth Internal Attribute in the IDEAS acronym. In Chapter 4 of Exponential Organizations you can read more about this and I suggest taking a look at the open source tool developed by the ExO Ecosystem. Also take a look at Exponential Transformation where you can learn about implementing Exponential Attributes in your current organisation.
The definition of autonomy is the right or condition of self-government. An organisation that practices autonomy is one that is self-organised with teams operating with a decentralized authority. In order to run an organisation with autonomy at the centre required a great deal of trust in the team and a very clear purpose. If you want to to have rapid innovation then autonomy is important in giving teams the authority to work and make decisions in the best interests of the organisation. In order to implement successfully you need to ensure that the organisation:
- has an MTP that is compelling and inspirational
- choses team members that are self starters who are passionate about the MTP
- has frameworks and tools in place that gives teams a clear understanding of the level of autonomy and how to operate and exercise accountability
- communicates effectively in a lateral and honest way.
- has transparent and data driven dashboards to insure everyone understands what is happening and how to improve.
Organisations can take on a number of different styles of “management” that work with autonomy and each of these topics can constitute separate blog entries: Agile, OKRs, Meritocracy, Holacracy, Black Ops/Edge Teams. For examples of organisations with a high level of autonomy check out Valve, MIT Media Lab, Pixar, Medium, Zappos, Morning Star Company, FAVI, share more in the comments.
In the rapidly changing environments that we find ourselves in, it is more important than ever to have autonomous teams of multidisciplinary people who are passionate about what they are doing and perform well with minimal supervision. It is a very different mode to what many large organisations are used but making the change is more important than ever. It needs to be performed with care to get it right but is vital… are you ready?
Dinner at the Slipway Hotel was great, Rotem and Rui had been in Tanzania for a few days and had already visited Zanzibar so we spoke about that and I spoke a great deal too in true Kevin style.
On the morning of the 12th I made my way to the Double Tree hotel where I met Rotem, Rui and Amy (Rotem’s Research fellow) for our trip to the university campus. We met the dean of the business school, Dr. Hawa Tundui, and the conference started with papers being presented and ended with Rotem presenting on Crowdfunding. For dinner the organisers took us to a restaurant in Dar and I got to taste Konyagi for the first time. Konyaji is amazing, it is a gin like spirit and with more premium branding I believe it could take on some gin giants!!!
The next day we had the conference for the full day where I spoke on a panel about crowdfunding.
We left a little early to go to the ferry terminal to buy tickets to Zanzibar. The terminal was very busy and every person wanted to help us to buy our tickets. They ask for your passport in order to book a ticket although it is not really needed as Amy did not have hers or her husbands passports and they allowed us to still buy them. We all got into a taxi to get back to the hotel and got stuck in a massive traffic jam. Our taxi driver was very creative in his driving to try avoiding the traffic even going off road onto the beach.
That afternoon we relaxed and chatted around the pool at the hotel and then went for dinner at the Slipway.
The next morning I woke up and went for a run, got a little lost and ended up running 12km. I got home, took a shower and packed up, I headed to the Double Tree for a meeting with the Vice Chancellor of Mzumbe University, Prof Lughano Kusiluka, where we spoke about crowdfunding and the move of university education into the 21st Century. Amy, Sigmund (Amy’s Husband) and I then took a taxi to the Ferry Terminal to go to Zanzibar…
My trip to Tanzania was my first trip to East Africa. Being a South African means that I do not need a visa to enter Tanzania which was great although doing research it was recommended that I get a Yellow Fever vaccination as well as take Malaria prophylaxis whilst on my trip and on return. These were fairly simple to arrange prior to leaving. For my trip I traveled on RwandAir. They offered the most cost effective solution although my trip up to Dar es Salaam was a rather lengthy one. The Flight which I thought was Cape Town – Kigali – Dar es Salaam was actually Cape Town – Harare – Kigali – Kilimanjaro – Dar es Salaam. We left Cape Town in the Afternoon and landed in Dar es Salaam at 5am.
The trip was rather interesting. The flight to Kigali was really comfortable and the meals were great. I arranged veg meals and they were all great. We did not get off the plane in Harare and even though we were delayed out of Cape Town I was in time for the flight from Kigali. There was some important person on our plane flying from Kigali and we were told when we boarded the bus to the plane that it was free seating which did result in a bit of a rush to the 70 seater prop plane. There were guys with UN folders walking up and down and a few people were asked to switch seats. When we landed at Kilimanjaro there seemed to be negotiations going on about whether the people would get off the plane or not. We waited on the tarmac about 30min and then took off for Dar.
The customs at 5am at Julius Nyerere International was rather simple. I willed in the arrivals card showed my South African Passport and was shown directly to the customs booths. The entry procedure was very simple, they took my pic and fingerprints and I was in. It was less than 10 minutes but I do think the fact that not many planes were landing and the fact that I did not require a visa were factors. My bag was waiting, I picked it up and asked the security if the Vodacom shop was open. The guy told me that I should go to Vodacom in town. I therefore used the Airport Wifi to order an Uber. As I left the baggage claim area I lost wifi signal but did notice that the Vodacom shop was open. I went to ask about a sim card and the lady told me that they only take cash and that it would be Tsh 60 000 for a 20Gig data bundle (I cannot believe how affordable this was. Less than R20/Gig, in South Africa it is around R50/Gig on special). I had no way of cancelling my Uber so I went to the ATM to draw money and bought a sim. It was activated immediately and weirdly enough my Uber said 3min away. So I went and found him and headed into Dar es Salaam.
I had some breakfast and met a local who showed me the beach at Kigamboni. We took the Kigamboni Ferry to get there, it was very simple (no photos are allowed). I got my feet wet in the ocean but the beach was not that great. I then went to a local Tea Room for some Masala Tea and local eats and made my way to my AirBnB which was in Masaki. My AirBnB was a room on the roof of a French Families house. The room was very simple but served its purpose well. I had a shower and got to some work before the meeting Rotem and Rui for dinner.
I was in Dar es Salaam for the INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF BUSINESS AND
MANAGEMENT IN EMERGING MARKETS (ICBMEM) which took place on the 12th and 13th of September at Mzumbe University.