This article is an advanced piece on teal organizational design and themes. The article presents a discussion of some of the growing pains and tensions felt by many organizations that are on the journey to adopting teal ways of organizational functioning. In particular it brings to the forefront and that moving away from single points of leadership towards teams of people leading, creating, challenging each other, thinking together, and tapping into unexpected genius of the larger organizational system is what will enable us to meet the complexity and uncertainty of our current world.
A company’s purpose is not only what it’s here to do (beyond making money), but the reason people — both customers and employees — connect with and believe in your organization. Purpose goes way beyond what the company sells or solves; it’s about who the company is. As trust in companies continues to decline, and the needs of consumers and employees increasingly evolve, many innovative organizations are now turning to purpose as a means to bolster their growth and outmaneuver the competition.