Nineteen Eighty-Four

  • “In accordance with the principles of Doublethink”, it does not matter if the war is not real, or, when it is, that victory is not possible.” “The war is not meant to be won. It is meant to be continuous.” “The essential act of modern warfare is the destruction of the produce of human labour.” “A hierarchical society is only possible on the basis of poverty and ignorance.” “In principle, the war effort is planned to keep society on the brink of starvation.” “The war is waged by the ruling group against its own subjects.” “its object is not victory over Eurasia or Eastasia, but to keep the very structure of society intact.”
  • How does one man assert power over another? – By making him suffer. – Exactly. Obedience is not enough. Power is inflicting pain and humiliation, otherwise you cannot be sure. Power is tearing human minds apart, and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing. Power is not a means. It is an end. In our world, there will only be triumph and self-abasement. Everything else, we shall destroy. The past is forbidden. Why? Because when we can cut man from his own past, then we can cut him from his family, his children, other men. There is no loyalty except loyalty to the Party. There is no love except love of Big Brother. All competing pleasures, we will destroy. If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. Winston… You are thinking that my face is old and tired, that while I talk of power, I am unable to prevent the decay of my own body. But the individual is only a cell, Winston. The weariness of the cell is the vigour of the organism. – You’ll fail. – Why? It’s impossible. Hatred and fear have no life. Why is hate less vital than love? I don’t know but somehow you’ll fail. Something will defeat you. – Life will defeat you. – We control life, at all levels. We create human nature. Men are infinitely malleable. Or perhaps you will return to your old idea that the proletarians will arise. Put it out of your mind. They are helpless animals. Humanity is the Party. I don’t care. In the end, they’ll beat you. Sooner or later, they’ll tear you to pieces.




In Traditional Companies

  • Job descriptions
    Each person has exactly one job. Job descriptions are imprecise, rarely updated, and often irrelevant.
  • Delegated Authority
    Managers loosely delegate authority. Ultimately, their decision always trumps others.
  • Big Re-Orgs
    The org structure is rarely revisited, mandated from the top.
  • Office Politics
    Implicit rules slow down change and favor people “in the know”.

With Holacracy

  • Roles
    Roles are defined around the work, not people, and are updated regularly. People fill several roles.
  • Distributed Authority
    Authority is truly distributed to teams and roles. Decisions are made locally.
  • Rapid Iterations
    The org structure is regularly updated via small iterations. Every team self-organizes.
  • Transparent Rules
    Everyone is bound by the same rules, CEO included. Rules are visible to all.


Tensions Drive Everything


Holacracy - How it Works -Tensions Drive Everything

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