Trust Holds Everything Together.


Building a team isn’t complex.

Teams tend to be galvanised by two things. They like to gather around the founding idea of the company. The more that idea is going to change things, the more people will want to gather around it. Purpose is important.

The second thing teams love to gather around is a leader they trust. Trust is a multiplier of energy for a team. In order for the team to trust the leader, the leader has to show the team that he or she trusts them. Trust is a two way street.

Trust breeds magic.
Swiss Miss

Who’s already figured this out?

Teal Organisations :Leaders of the trust game

In order to be labelled as Teal, organisations have to:

  • Operate effectively with a system that is based on peer relationships, regardless of scale.
  • Embed power and control throughout their culture, instead of in specific positions or top leaders.
  • Create an environment where people feel that they can fully express themselves, and bring unprecedented levels of energy, passion, and creativity to work.
  • Base their strategies on what the world needs, rather than the machinery of plans, budgets, targets, and incentives.

The Teal Pioneers.

  • Buurtzorg
    Netherlands-based healthcare non-profit.

  • ESBZ
    Publicly-financed school in Berlin that prides itself on innovative curriculum and organisation.

  • FAVI
    Brass foundry in France that produces gearbox forks for the automotive industry (among other things).

  • Heiligenfeld
    600-employee mental health hospital system, based in central Germany, that applies a holistic approach to patient care.

  • Morning Star
    US-based tomato processing company with 400 to 2,400 employees and a 30–40% share of the North American market.

  • Patagonia
    $540 million manufacturer of climbing gear and outdoor apparel, based in California, that is dedicated to being a positive in uence on the natural environment.

  • Resources for Human Development (RHD)
    4,000-employee non-profit social services agency that provides services related to addiction recovery, homelessness, and mental disabilities.

  • Sounds True
    Publisher of multimedia offerings related to spirituality and personal development.

  • Sun Hydraulics
    Maker of hydraulic cartridge valves and manifolds, with factories in the U.S., the U.K., Germany, and Korea, employing about 900 people.

  • Holacracy
    Management system first developed at the Philadelphia-based software company Ternary, that has been adopted by a few hundred profit and not-for-profit organisations around the world.

One day, every company will have a C.W.O.

A company has someone to look after money, strategy and marketing etc. But soon there will be another title. A Chief Wellbeing O cer to look after humans. To create a culture that stops burnout, to create a culture of learning, to create a culture of thinking long-term. To put people before anything else. The pioneers already have them. They may call them another name, but they are one step ahead.
Michael Townsend Williams

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