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Jurgen Appelo calls himself a creative networker. But sometimes he's a writer, speaker, trainer, entrepreneur, illustrator, manager, blogger, reader, dreamer, leader, freethinker, or… Dutch guy. Since 2008 Jurgen writes a popular blog at www.noop.nl, covering the creative economy, agile management, and personal development. He is the author of the book Management 3.0, which describes the role of the manager in agile organizations. And he wrote the little book How to Change the World, which describes a supermodel for change management. Jurgen is CEO of the business network Happy Melly, and co-founder of the Agile Lean Europe network and the Stoos Network. He is also a speaker who is regularly invited to talk at business seminars and conferences around the world. After studying Software Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, and earning his Master’s degree in 1994, Jurgen Appelo has busied himself starting up and leading a variety of Dutch businesses, always in the position of team leader, manager, or executive. Jurgen has experience in leading a horde of 100 software developers, development managers, project managers, business consultants, service managers, and kangaroos, some of which he hired accidentally. Nowadays he works full-time managing the Happy Melly ecosystem, developing innovative courseware, books, and other types of original content. But sometimes Jurgen puts it all aside to spend time on his ever-growing collection of science fiction and fantasy literature, which he stacks in a self-designed book case. It is 4 meters high. Jurgen lives in Rotterdam (The Netherlands) -- and in Brussels (Belgium) -- with his partner Raoul. He has two kids, and an imaginary hamster called George. Jurgen has posted 145 posts at DZone. You can read more from them at their website. View Full User Profile

A Lead-By-Example Business Network

03.05.2013
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HM-face-pink-boxThe problem with practices is that bad practices are easy.

When you create a standard business, it is deceptively easy to create one legal entity with shareholders, appoint a top manager, form a management team, and a hire a truck load of employees to be bossed around and do all the work.

Et voilà! You now have a command-and-control hierarchy.

Such easy solutions are often the wrong ones, although they are applied by many. Only few people appreciate that good practices are hard.

When you aim for an agile business, it is quite an interesting challenge to create multiple independent legal entities, agree on a joint Constitution, elect the top manager democratically, and collaborate with self-employed workers who co-manage the business as stakeholders.

Surprise! You now have a lead-by-example network.

Which is better?

Well, I firmly believe that business networks are more agile, innovative, and engaging than business hierarchies. But the proof of the pudding is in eating your own dog food, and putting money in your mouth. Or something like that.

And so we did.

Happy Melly has officially launched this week.

Published at DZone with permission of its author, Jurgen Appelo. (source)

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