Jim Lavoie and his partner Joe Marino from Rite Solutions presented at the Business Innovation Factory’s second annual meeting today (which is being live blogged on the Corante Innovation Hub)and talked about how they were able to create a corporate environment which is totally project-based and where leadership “authority” is based on employees’ “sphere of influence” at any point in time during a given project rather than on the results of more traditional “pyramid” based games.
To make new employees comfortable with the fact that pyramid-based schemes of career advancement are not the way to go and to constantly remind existing employees of that fact, both periodically put on skids to make fun of the more traditional antics of command and control/hierarchical organizations.
They performed one of their songs at the event and keep a web site – called tombtunes – with all their current executive musical productions. The first song is supposed to go up tomorrow – it’s a an absolute “must hear” for everyone with experiences in corporate life, especially for those who might have become “unemployable” because they got disgusted with the way those corporate games work. If you are a “company-man,” you will not enjoy it!
Note that both those guys acknowledged being really good at playing the pyramid game 🙂