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What can we learn from the Orpheus Orchestra?
Have you heard of the Orpheus Orchestra?
What lessons can we learn to apply to management and project teams?
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The orchestra still has the concept of a concert master as well as who the leads are for each instrument section, but these are rotating roles selected by the orchestra members as opposed to permanent positions appointed "from above".

True self-governing teams will work this way - leaders emerge from their members based on need rather than eminence and are content to step away after their work is done.

While this will work in a single team context, scaling it to a multi-team, organizational context is likely to be a lot more challenging unless it is baked into the DNA of the company from the start which is why setting up holocracy-style organization structures has been very challenging in traditional companies.

Kiron
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 14, 2020 2:09 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us

I've been reading and watching a video about the orchestra and its organization.

It seemed to me that leadership is shared and exercised on a rotating basis
Great question. Evidence that empowered self-organizing teams produce great results.
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2 replies by Luis Branco and Stéphane Parent
May 14, 2020 2:12 PM
Luis Branco
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Dear David
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us

We agree with what you wrote: "Evidence that empowered self-organizing teams produce great results"
May 15, 2020 8:37 AM
Stéphane Parent
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Let's not forget that to truly thrive teams need a supportive and encouraging environment.
May 14, 2020 1:04 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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The orchestra still has the concept of a concert master as well as who the leads are for each instrument section, but these are rotating roles selected by the orchestra members as opposed to permanent positions appointed "from above".

True self-governing teams will work this way - leaders emerge from their members based on need rather than eminence and are content to step away after their work is done.

While this will work in a single team context, scaling it to a multi-team, organizational context is likely to be a lot more challenging unless it is baked into the DNA of the company from the start which is why setting up holocracy-style organization structures has been very challenging in traditional companies.

Kiron
Dear Kiron
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us

I've been reading and watching a video about the orchestra and its organization.

It seemed to me that leadership is shared and exercised on a rotating basis
May 14, 2020 1:13 PM
Replying to David Portas
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Great question. Evidence that empowered self-organizing teams produce great results.
Dear David
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for sharing your opinion with us

We agree with what you wrote: "Evidence that empowered self-organizing teams produce great results"
Dear Luís Branco,
Haven't heard, thanks for letting know.

Music is a language, it has it's own lexical.
If you know the language "jargon", how to read and speak, you can play any music on any instrument (the instrument is just a tool).

Music practitioners, before playing, practice every days to master the theory.
When they master the craft there is no need for a maestro.
They don't even need the staff to guide them out, the music notes speak by themselves.
If you studied music theory you should be acquainted with this rules. Keys, scales, chords, circle of fifths.
Lessons?
1- learned that i must practice and master my craft i.e. project management.

I shall prepare myself to be a maestro or just one more member in the team.
At the end the most important is playing the music, from start to the end without detune.

cheers
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 15, 2020 6:32 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Tiago
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It's worth watching the video
https://youtu.be/CDBneUknH3Y
May 14, 2020 2:38 PM
Replying to Tiago Romao
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Dear Luís Branco,
Haven't heard, thanks for letting know.

Music is a language, it has it's own lexical.
If you know the language "jargon", how to read and speak, you can play any music on any instrument (the instrument is just a tool).

Music practitioners, before playing, practice every days to master the theory.
When they master the craft there is no need for a maestro.
They don't even need the staff to guide them out, the music notes speak by themselves.
If you studied music theory you should be acquainted with this rules. Keys, scales, chords, circle of fifths.
Lessons?
1- learned that i must practice and master my craft i.e. project management.

I shall prepare myself to be a maestro or just one more member in the team.
At the end the most important is playing the music, from start to the end without detune.

cheers
Dear Tiago
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

It's worth watching the video
https://youtu.be/CDBneUknH3Y
Dear Luís,

To me this is a clear example of inspirational leadership, the maestro does not leads the orchestra, he will inspire and mentor all self-organized teams inside the orchestra, only marking the pace of acting.

This represents a true effort of collaboration within each team and between teams where exists a sharing understanding of goal to achieve.

Each element as a perfect knowledge of his contribution as a member inside the team and his influence in the other teams.

The maestro main job is to enhance the potential of each element and each team inside the orchestra.

Alexandre Costa
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 15, 2020 8:55 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and your opinion

Did you see the video?
In this nbn orchestra there is no conductor, or rather, the conductor can be any member of the team
May 14, 2020 1:13 PM
Replying to David Portas
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Great question. Evidence that empowered self-organizing teams produce great results.
Let's not forget that to truly thrive teams need a supportive and encouraging environment.
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1 reply by Luis Branco
May 15, 2020 8:58 AM
Luis Branco
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Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interestingly, this encouraging environment is created by the team members
May 15, 2020 8:28 AM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luís,

To me this is a clear example of inspirational leadership, the maestro does not leads the orchestra, he will inspire and mentor all self-organized teams inside the orchestra, only marking the pace of acting.

This represents a true effort of collaboration within each team and between teams where exists a sharing understanding of goal to achieve.

Each element as a perfect knowledge of his contribution as a member inside the team and his influence in the other teams.

The maestro main job is to enhance the potential of each element and each team inside the orchestra.

Alexandre Costa
Dear Alexandre
Thank you for participating in this reflection and your opinion

Did you see the video?
In this nbn orchestra there is no conductor, or rather, the conductor can be any member of the team
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
May 15, 2020 4:07 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Dear Luis,

Yes I saw the video , the conductor is implicit do not has be anyone in particular , any member can use the hat of maestro and set the pace without being recognized.

Alexandre
May 15, 2020 8:37 AM
Replying to Stéphane Parent
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Let's not forget that to truly thrive teams need a supportive and encouraging environment.
Dear Stéphane
Thank you for participating in this reflection and for your opinion

Interestingly, this encouraging environment is created by the team members
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