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Shifting organisations is about more than just changing structures and processes.

Karin Tenelius and Lisa Gill share stories and insights from twenty years of coaching teams and organisations to become self-managing.

Truly love this book. It fills an important gap in self-management literature. It has a strong focus on coaching towards self-management and less on structures and processes. Very powerful perspective!

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Pim de Morree

Co-founder, Corporate Rebels

The research alongside the stories makes for the perfect pracademic book – underpinned and stimulating for practitioners and academics alike. I expect this book to be referenced like Frederic Laloux’s work is.

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Perry Timms

Author, The Energized Workplace

"A common mistake is to focus too much on structures when it comes to self-management..."

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From our readers

"Finally found my bible. A must-read for self-management and new ways of working."

Natalie Palmer

"This is the People and Interactions over Process and Tools book for the Teal movement."

Ron Quartel

"Excellent, short and down-to-earth considerations and conversations for any organisation seeking to become self-managed."

François Knuchel

What's Inside

Page 46 to 47 of The Mooseheads on the Table book
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Read about the stories of organisations Karin Tenelius supported in their transformations to self-management including:

  • Frey’s Hotel - where self management gave an already profitable business a boost
  • Komanco - a training company that went from chronic losses to big wins; and
  • Mötesbokarna - a call centre where people experienced unprecedented levels of self-development
Page 50 to 51 of the Mooseheads on the table book
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Learn about the three pillars of a dialogue-based approach to developing self-managing teams:

  • A coaching mindset and way of being
  • A focus on working climate
  • A culture of mandate and involvement
Page 73 to 73 of The Mooseheads on the Table book
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Discover key insights in pop-out boxes along the way that Lisa Gill has curated from common challenges and useful practices in self-managing organisations, such as:

  • Decentralised decision-making
  • Next-level listening
  • Transparent and self-set salaries
  • Creating an accountability culture without bosses

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About the Authors

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Karin Tenelius

Karin Tenelius is the co-founder of Tuff Leadership Training. Inspired by Ricardo Semler in the nineties, she began coaching small organisations in Sweden to become self-managing and it is these stories featured in the book, 'Moose Heads on the Table: Stories About Self-Managing Organisations From Sweden'. Karin also wrote a book called 'Coaching Jobseekers' and her coaching method is widely used across Sweden. Her entrepreneurship is driven by a strong vision to contribute to changing society, focusing on creating workplaces that work for people and liberate the best in them.

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Lisa Gill

Lisa Gill is an organisational self-management coach and facilitates leadership courses with Tuff Leadership Training. She is also the host of the Leadermorphosis podcast, for which she has interviewed thought leaders and practitioners from all over the world about the future of work. Lisa was included in the Thinkers50 Radar 2020 for her work with self-managed teams.

About Tuff Leadership Training

Tuff Leadership Training has developed a method over the last twenty years for creating transformative learning experiences. This is baked into our training programmes, and also in the partnerships we create to support organisations in becoming self-managing. Learn more about Tuff here.