The Tyranny of Structurelessness (a tl;dr summary)

I first heard about Jo Freeman’s The Tyranny of Structurelessness from Christina Xu at Brio. I consider it to be one of the most important essays I’ve read, and I think often about organizations and how to help them be healthy and successful, while considering how to avoid the disempowerment that seems to be the default state of most.

Prior to reading this essay, I thought that flat and unstructured organizations were best, yet through the eye-opening perspective presented here, I’ve come to understand that no organizations are truly flat or unstructured.

This post includes excerpts and summaries of key thoughts from this essay. I’m sharing this because I refer often to this fantastic work, and am disappointed to frequently hear “tl;dr” as a response. But please do read the original.

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