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Be Inspired by a CEO and Organisation Leading the Way to a Sustainable Future

Monday, December 19, 2016

Enjoy this 6 minute video clip of an extraordinary CEO, Executive Team, Organisation and Business model.
As a board consultant working across several jurisdictions you meet many interesting and impressive people and organisations. Last month I worked with such a client. I facilitated a comprehensive Management Review for Austral Fisheries, culminating in a Board Debrief (multinational board) in Bangkok in December.

While I did not assess the team 'Developmentally', as part of the Review protocol, it was evident that this organisation demonstrated many attributes of 'later stage organisations'. Although the Austral CEO and team were unaware of the attributes and discourse around Developmental Theory they unconsciously and intuitively strive to meet the attributes of later stage organisations.

* Self-management. Later Stage (TEAL) organizations operate effectively, even at a large scale, with a system based on peer relationships. They set up structures and practices in which people have high autonomy in their domain, and are accountable for coordinating with others. Power and control are deeply embedded throughout the organizations, no longer tied to the specific positions of a few top leaders.

* Wholeness. Whereas Orange and Green organizations encourage people to show only their narrow “professional” selves, Teal organizations invite people to reclaim their inner wholeness. They create an environment wherein people feel free to fully express themselves, bringing unprecedented levels of energy, passion, and creativity to work.

* Evolutionary purpose. Teal organizations base their strategies on what they sense the world is asking from them. Agile practices that sense and respond replace the machinery of plans, budgets, targets, and incentives. Paradoxically, by focusing less on the bottom line and shareholder value, they generate financial results that outpace those of competitors.

Their bottom line outcomes are outstanding

AND so is their commitment to People and Planet.

Please feel free to share this 'great news story'.

Robert Gordon BEd M Coun GAICD CCG (INSEAD) 

"Austral Fisheries is one of Australia’s largest integrated commercial fishing companies with interests in both deep sea fishing and at sea prawning. We are proud to be recognised for our responsible fishing practices and continuous efforts in maintaining our environmentally friendly and sustainable methods that sees all four of the Australian fisheries we operate in as being independently certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council, as well as the company being certified as carbon neutral under the Australian Government Carbon Neutral Program."


"The follow-up is just as important at the evaluation, but too often the board either sees the evaluation process as a box-ticking exercise or considers itself to be too busy to engage seriously with the recommendations. We only work with boards that commit to engaging with the recommendations"
~ Robert Gordon, AICD Company Director Monthly, Sept 2014 – Putting the Board under the Microscope

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