Traci Fenton, WorldBlu
What are the fundamental principles by which we run our organizations? When they grow up, what do we want them to be? I know for most of us, we start our careers as 20-somethings, spend the next two years figuring out how it all works – and before you know it, have been acculturated into accepting the way it all works now as “normal.”
Traci Fenton is the founder and CEO of WorldBlu, a leadership and business design studio specializing in organizational democracy and freedom-centered leadership. They’re best known for the annual list of the most democratic workplaces, but they also run WorldBlu Live, a conference around organizational democracy and host the WorldBlu Council for CEOs of democratic companies. Traci’s been featured in all sorts of media as an expert in this field, so I felt lucky to speak to her on how to make Great Work flourish.
Amongst other topics during our interview, Traci and I kick around:
- Three key reasons why a democratic workplace is necessary to succeed and flourish
- The ten principles that lie behind “democracy”
- How Linden Labs – the creators of Second Life – approach being a democratic organization
- The role of accountability in all of this
- And how’s she tackling her own Great Work Project of 20,000 democratic companies by 2020.
Listen to my interview with Traci Fenton.
0:16 Michael introduces Traci Fenton, CEO of WorldBlu
4:24 How Traci is tackling her own Great Work Project of 20,000 democratic companies by 2020
6:01 Three key reasons why a democratic workplace is necessary to succeed and flourish
10:00 The ten principles that lie behind “democracy”
11:39 How Linden Labs – the creators of Second Life – approach being a democratic company
12:55 The role of accountability in all of this
18:36 What gets in the way of democracy
21:47 How to find out more about Traci Fenton
25:37 Michael closes the interview