What is Harmocracy?
Harmocracy is a new concept to help organizations and people to create new innovative products, services or processes and successfully achieve their goals. It is not a methodology as such but uses some principles (7 principles) which defines organization rules and people behaviors that are key for change management and reach out the goals.
Harmocracy principles have been defined by using the best practices from several change management methodologies like: AGILE, LEAN…
Obviously Harmocracy combines 2 words: Harmony and the suffixe -cracy.
- Harmony: The term harmony derives from the Greek ἁρμονία (harmonía), meaning “joint, agreement, concord”, from the verb ἁρμόζω (harmozo), “to fit together, to join”.
- -cracy: From the Ancient Greek suffix -κρατία (-kratía), from κράτος (krátos, “power, rule”).
The 7 principles of Harmocracy
First and very most important principle
The very most important principle is to “Experiment confidence”. This means that a team (members and managers who are called “Mediators”) have to work, interact in a confident relationship mode. Moreover they need to experiment this confident relationship on a daily basis whenever they work together. In order to reach this confidence or trust, it is important to find some quick ways to demonstrate that Mediators are really doing, acting or delivering in accordance with their commitments. Mediators need to communicate what they will do and do what they communicated. Reversely members of the community will also have to demonstrate that we can trust them by delivering tangible facts or results according to their commitments.
Whenever someone delivers what was expected or simply acts in such way to achieve their own goal, it must be noticed and member must be congratulated.
The 6 other principles
- Self-assessing teams
- Develop collaborative willingness
- Free from extraneous thoughts
- Facilitate creativity
- Build intuitive organization
- Promote continuous harmonization
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