Bud Caddell on Flox


Flox: The Future of Teams

Over the last six months, we have been furiously working on our own answer to models like Holacracy which represent an early but flawed attempt at a one-sized-fits-all solution to organizational problems. The creators of Holacracy tout it as a panacea, yet more and more companies which adopt it suffer wildly for it. For our efforts, we’ve been analyzing our past projects (both at NOBL and Undercurrent), assessing teams (both our own clients and others), and reviewing years of research into team design and organizational complexity.

We believe that instead of dogmatic constitutions or draconian processes, teams should instead be free to exercise their own agency, creativity, and capability with only four simple, shared, and local rules:

  1. Steer toward the unmet and emerging needs of your customers
  2. Steer toward reducing misalignment
  3. Steer toward autonomy
  4. Steer toward reducing and resisting complexity

We call this more flexible model Flox and I just arrived back in LA from Sweden after debuting it for the first time to a conference in Malmö. Soon, we’ll be introducing an assessment tool for your own team and a resource of practices to maximize all four.

For now, learn more about our new team theory-of-everything by watching my talk.

I know it’s a bit of a tease, but we’d love your feedback and questions.

via email

I like the litany of ‘rocket ships’ that have crashed — Virtual and Quirky.

Susan Sontag


Needing to have reality confirmed and experience enhanced by photographs is an aesthetic consumerism to which everyone is now addicted. Industrial societies turn their citizens into image-junkies; it is the most irresistible form of mental pollution.


It would not be wrong to speak of people having a compulsion to photograph: to turn experience itself into a way of seeing. Ultimately, having an experience becomes identical with taking a photograph of it, and participating in a public event comes more and more to be equivalent to looking at it in photographed form. That most logical of nineteenth-century aesthetes, Mallarmé, said that everything in the world exists in order to end in a book. Today everything exists to end in a photograph.

via Susan Sontag, On Photography

John Ruskin


The more I think of it I find this conclusion more impressed upon me — that the greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something, and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see.

John Ruskin, Modern Painters


In a coming book, Henry Olsen of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington divides the Republican electorate into “four discrete factions that are based primarily on ideology, with elements of class and religious background tempering that focus.”

They are: very conservative evangelical voters, very conservative secular voters, somewhat conservative voters and moderate or liberal voters. Looking at the Congress, one could wonder whether the somewhat conservative group was crushed by a hunk of Maine granite before the 2010 midterms. But Mr. Olsen says they still compose up to 40 percent of Republican voters nationally, and historically they end up choosing the primary winner.

via Waiting for the Republican Shakeout – The New York Times.