Fractal Organizations have flat hierarchies and distribute responsibility and accountability throughout the organization.
A few examples are in the Fortune 500 (such as Nucor and SAIC) and/or in the Fortune 100 Best Places to Work (such as Zappos.com and W.L. Gore). These companies are open systems where employees feed back information to central leadership, enabling continual adaptation to changing conditions. This evolutionary change keeps them nimble and aware of customer needs and preferences, guaranteeing their long-term existence.Turnover is low because personal growth is supported. Healthcare costs are low because individuals rarely experience negative stress. Resources are used wisely because everyone has a sense of ownership and a stake in the outcome. Some are employee-owned, while others are publicly held companies. Any organization can operate with similar cultural values.
Respect, openness, and honesty in communication allow greater commitment and reduce uncertainty in situations where participants are empowered to find creative solutions. Communication tools are only one piece of the puzzle. Creating a culture of mutual appreciation and respect is key to maximizing collective brain power and working smarter in ways that benefit both human stakeholders and our natural planetary systems.