I quit my well-paid corporate job, because too much politics was killing my motivation and soul. On the edge of burnout I decided to make a change in my life.
I wanted to do something innovative and cool in the startup world, I had big dreams.
After working day and night and failing to earn millions in a few months, I realised my goal was not to earn a lot of money or fame after all.
I wanted to enjoy my work and enjoy my life, I wanted freedom and self-actualisation. I got into purpose oriented and self-organising companies and worked with partners with a high degree of self awareness and independence. But I felt lonely and lost.
I was wondering if there is a way to combine the advantages of all these organisational forms. To have enabling structures, enthusiasm and a high level of self-determination at work. Finally I decided to create what I could not find anywhere else, this is how beteal started.
During the years we have explored and experimented a lot at beteal and we failed many times. But out of these failures we have gained very precious insights that we would like to share with others. We would like to inspire others that it is possible to create a workplace that you have always wanted, no matter if you are working at a corporate, a startup or at a self-organising company. We equip changemakers to become more impactful and shape the future of work together.
Throughout human history, organisations have evolved along the changing needs of the society. Once a system has reached its limits, a new system had appeared. Teal is new form of organisation aiming towards a deep sense of purpose, wholeness and self-organisation. As life is getting quicker and uncertain and people long for meaningful work and self-development, teal offers a solution for these unmet needs in earlier forms of organisations. Nowadays organisations need agility and adaptability to be able to stay on the competitive edge. Teal makes this possible through decentralised decision-making and through small, autonomous teams focused on the purpose.
We at beteal were inspired by Frederic Laloux’s book Reinventing Organisations. Then we started our journey and came across new work, Holacracy, Sociocracy 3.0, for-purpose enterprises and many other pioneering alternatives. Through exploring these mindsets and methods we have learned a lot about their advantages and disadvantages. We came to the conclusion that every organisation is unique and should apply an approach that is accepted by the organisation itself.
We have also came across the integral theory that helped us have a holistic view about organisations and how to be a teal leader. Teal leaders seek a balance between self-development as a leader, their behaviour, the culture they create and the systems they implement (products, organisational and legal structures, digital strategy, physical and virtual workplaces).
Leaders drive change.
But who are the leaders? Are they born or made? We at beteal believe that everybody can become a leader. We need each other’s support to discover and grow our potential.
Leaders vs bosses:
Leaders support their teams and help them achieve the common vision together
Bosses want to be served by their teams and pursue their own interest
We have experienced many bosses and we were bosses ourselves - we didn’t like it 🙂 Now we train to become inspiring and influential leaders together in a digital age. We promote adaptive and people-centered leadership for new work. We embrace technology-aided leadership and leading of virtual teams.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” - African proverb
The mastermind is a small group of like-minded people who aim to help each other solving challenges and developing themselves through input and practical advice from each other. The mastermind group is goal-oriented. In the given time participants all work towards their own goals, get support from their peers and give support themselves as well. The self development happens as a by-product through interacting with each other and using the collective intelligence of the group.
Benefits of a mastermind group:
- Think bigger, get a new perspective
- Achieve your goals by being held accountable
- Receive honest feedback and support
- Expand your network
- Practice leadership and coaching skills
- Learn new skills and methods