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Co-creating Change

Involving Employees in the Change Process

Co-creating Change

GUEST POST from Chateau G Pato

Change is inevitable in today’s rapidly evolving business environment. To ensure successful and sustainable change initiatives, organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of involving employees in the change process. By harnessing the collective wisdom and creativity of their workforce, companies can effectively co-create change, driving innovation and fostering a culture of continuous improvement. This thought leadership article explores the benefits of employee involvement in change and presents two case studies demonstrating the positive impact of this approach.

Case Study 1: Zappos – Holacracy and Cultural Transformation

Zappos, an online shoe and clothing retailer, embarked on a radical change journey by embracing a self-management system called Holacracy. The company’s CEO, Tony Hsieh, understood the significance of involving employees in the decision-making process to empower and engage them during the change.

Using a participatory approach, Zappos invited employees to provide feedback, suggestions, and ideas through town hall meetings, online forums, and workshops. By involving employees at all levels, they were able to garner a sense of ownership and commitment towards the change initiative.

The shift towards Holacracy resulted in increased employee autonomy, flattened hierarchies, and improved decision-making. By embracing employee perspective and experience, Zappos successfully transformed its organizational culture, fostering a work environment that encourages innovation and collaboration.

Case Study 2: Toyota – Kaizen and Continuous Improvement

Toyota, a pioneer of lean manufacturing practices, exemplifies the power of involving employees in the change process through their Kaizen philosophy. Kaizen, which means “continuous improvement,” is a systematic approach that encourages employees at every level to contribute their ideas to enhance processes, eliminate waste, and drive efficiency.

Toyota prioritizes employee involvement in identifying operational bottlenecks, exploring improvement opportunities, and implementing solutions. They achieve this through suggestion systems, team meetings, and regular communication channels that ensure employees feel heard and valued.

By involving employees in the change journey, Toyota has achieved remarkable results. With over 60 years of continuous improvement, their production facilities have become more flexible, efficient, and capable of delivering higher quality products. The Kaizen mindset, nurtured through employee involvement, has become deeply ingrained in the company’s culture and serves as a foundation for sustained growth and innovation.

Key Benefits of Employee Involvement in Change:

1. Enhanced Ownership and Commitment: Involving employees in the change process creates a sense of ownership, empowering them to actively contribute and take responsibility for the results.

2. Increased Engagement and Motivation: When employees are engaged in change initiatives, they feel valued, leading to higher levels of motivation, job satisfaction, and improved performance.

3. Access to Diverse Perspectives and Ideas: By involving employees, organizations can tap into the collective wisdom and experience of their workforce, generating a broader range of innovative solutions and fostering a culture of creative problem-solving.

4. Improved Change Adoption and Sustainability: Employee involvement increases the chances of successful change adoption and sustainability as employees become advocates for the change, helping their colleagues adapt and overcome resistance.


Involving employees in the change process is vital in today’s dynamic business landscape. The case studies of Zappos and Toyota demonstrate the transformative power of co-creating change with employees. By fostering a culture that embraces employee involvement, organizations can unlock the full potential of their workforce, enhancing innovation, productivity, and adaptability. Ultimately, organizations that recognize and leverage the contributions of their employees stand the best chance of achieving long-term success in an ever-evolving business world.

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Holacracy and Change Leadership: A Practical Guide

Holacracy and Change Leadership: A Practical Guide

GUEST POST from Art Inteligencia

When it comes to leading a successful organizational change, there are two key elements that are critical for success: holacracy and effective change leadership. Holacracy is a self-governing system of roles and rules designed to create organizational agility, remove decision-making bottlenecks, and empower teams. And change leadership is a set of tools, processes, and methods for implementing organizational change effectively. This guide will provide a practical overview of holacracy and change leadership and provide two case studies to illustrate how organizations have combined these two powerful approaches for successful change.

What is Holacracy?

Holacracy is an organizational system designed to reduce bureaucracy and increase organisational agility. Through the use of self-governing roles, rules, and processes, holacracy enables teams to self-organize and make decisions without hierarchical decision making. Teams are empowered to be shared decision makers and have the authority to make quick decisions and undertake adaptive actions.

What is Change Leadership?

Change leadership is a set of tools and techniques designed to implement change initiatives with minimal disruption, maximize the impact of change, and ensure a successful outcome. Change leadership allows for leaders to engage their teams in the process of change, ensure alignment, and create an environment that is conducive to change. It enables leaders to stay one step ahead of the change process and identify and address any issues or roadblocks that may arise.

Case Study 1: Netflix

Netflix is a great example of an organization that successfully combined holacracy and change leadership for successful change. After the introduction of the streaming service, the need for rapid decision making increased. To respond to this need, Netflix adopted a holacracy system to empower teams and remove bottleneck decision-making. By democratizing decision making, Netflix was able to quickly adapt to market changes and ensure up-to-date product offerings. Additionally,Netflix used the change leadership approach to ensure a smooth transition to the new system. They engaged employees in the process, defined clear goals and objectives, and clearly communicated the benefits and implications of the new system.

Case Study 2: Zappos

In 2015, Zappos transitioned from a traditional top-down organization to a holacratic self-governing organization. This transition was made to further the company’s mission of putting its employees first and creating an environment of empowerment and innovation. To ensure a smooth transition, Zappos employed change leadership. They identified key stakeholders and engaged them in the transformation process, communicated the benefits of the new system, and received input from employees to ensure understanding and support for the transition. This combination of holacracy and change leadership enabled Zappos to make the transition smoothly and ensure the long-term success of the organization.


By combining holacracy and change leadership, organizations can increase agility and ensure successful change initiatives. Holacracy enables teams to self-organize making decisions quickly, while change leadership ensures smooth transition and effective implementation of the change. The two case studies described in this guide showcase two successful examples of companies that have successfully combined holacracy and change leadership for successful change.

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