How do you reinvent a successful, 125-year-old company without wrecking what’s made it great? That’s a big question — and one Roche Pharmaceuticals is asking itself as it moves away from traditional hierarchy and towards autonomous, self-organizing teams.

To investigate the company’s ongoing transformation, we interviewed Eva McLellan, a member…


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You might tell your friends you want to “start running.” But how far? When will you do it? What do you hope to achieve? How will you evaluate if it’s working? When setting up an effective experiment, having a structure is essential. …


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More and more, we hear leaders talking about empowering the people in their organization. The idea is to have people take ownership and responsibility of roles and tasks, and take initiative to advance the organization and improve its outcomes. Despite good intentions, often the impact of these ambitions is limited.


You’re ready to transform your organization. You sit down with your team and create a vision of what good looks like. It takes a few rounds of wordsmithing, but eventually you agree. …


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If we asked you what your current work priorities were, could you answer quickly and confidently? What about the priorities of the company at large? If you’re struggling, you’re not alone. It’s difficult to rank to-dos, projects, initiatives, and KPI’s when everything seems vital and pressing.

Prior to the 1940s…


How to make your team as fast as Red Bull Racing’s mechanics

When talking about motor racing, we often focus on the driver. But with 500–1,500 people per team, Formula 1 is the largest team sport in the world. That became very clear this weekend. …


Newsletter #24

“The days of office-centricity are over”, said Shopify’s CEO. Often triggered by a surprising increase in productivity, many companies (including Twitter and Facebook) have announced that they will allow employees to permanently work from home.

We will likely never fully return to the old situation. But I’m not sad about…


The global pandemic has forced many organizations to change the way they work overnight. But this opportunity is bigger than mastering remote work and new tools. We have the chance to adopt a way of working that will make us faster, more resilient and ready for anything.

Right now, we…


Learning from race marshals: a team of teams

I have been focusing on Formula 1 racing teams as inspiration, a metaphor for businesses that are trying to accelerate and be more agile. So far, I have been focusing mostly on the race teams and how they organize and innovate. …


Newsletter issue #13

I find myself in an airplane, on the runway, waiting for take-off. I check my messages one more time and then put my phone in flight mode. Just a moment later, I feel the G-forces in my gut when the pilot pulls the throttle. …

Jurriaan Kamer

Org design & transformation | Author of ‘Formula X’ | Speaker | Future of Work. Partner at The Ready

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