Zappos is transitioning to a holacracy ... a place with no job titles, no traditional managers, and a highly distributed work environment. Watch the video below for an overview. And here is a good article from Forbes on how this would work and the history of it.
Whether or not this will work for Zappos is still an answer that is years away; but, whether or not it works, Zappos as an organization is strong enough to even try something like this, and that by itself is a substantial statement. Do we know any schools that are strong enough to even attempt such a distributed model? None really come to mind for me, although a few are close.
It does make me reflect, though, that the schools that seem to function the highest are schools that are usually highly distributed where staff members are taking on various roles beyond their official titles. So, I hope this leadership method works for Zappos and that we can think about adopting elements of it into our schools soon.
Is this something you would be willing to try at your own school?
h/t to Thomas Sauer for the find.