People Operations in a Teal Organization: Tools and Techniques from a Real Journey

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by
Amanda Geary
Summary: 

The Lithespeed team first read Frederic Laloux's "Reinventing Organizations” in 2015. We immediately said ‘Hell yes, we are doing this - we should never work any other way!’ Fast forward 4 years, a couple conference presentations and a lot of trial and error. On our journey to Teal, we have undergone many transitions. We will share some of our challenges moving towards a deeper teal culture and our goal of developing tools for creating a system of organizational development and self-management. We will share our real-world experience using distributed decision making and organizational structure, self-management for the whole organization, People Operations, peer to peer feedback/engagement/performance reviews, financial transparency, open salaries, managing the business, and giving voice to the organization. Amanda Geary and Arlen Bankston walked away from earlier presentations with attendee feedback and some new ideas and spent a year doubling down on our commitment to a ‘teal’ workplace. Some might say we aren’t there yet…our response? We are ‘teal enough’! Attendees will leave with an understanding of People Operations and Teal Organizational Models, as well as specific tactics we used and what went well.

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About the Presenter

Amanda Geary started her career as a research analyst at 4th Wave, a technology consulting firm specializing in research on trends in the IT and communication industry. She then moved on to Freddie Mac and worked with development & testing to analyze market needs and implement product offerings and enhancements within Freddie Mac’s automated underwriting system, Loan Prospector. Within Single Family Offerings Management she helped to develop Home Possible affordable products. After taking a break and starting a family, Amanda joined LitheSpeed in December 2012 to help with Sensei product testing and development. Her role has evolved over the past couple years and she's currently in charge of invoicing/finance. She also help to organize LitheSpeed’s two annual conferences, Lean+Agile and the Agile DC Executive Summit.

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