Management 3.0 Practices: Business Guilds & Communities of Practice

Business Guilds and Communities of Practice Break Down Silos

“Many organizations need to harmonize practices, procedures, and tools across teams and departments. They also need people to share knowledge and develop their craft by communicating across traditional organizational boundaries. This is the purpose and role of guilds and huddles.”

ManagementAndLeadership_Slide5_Machine-01And thus begins the middle of management guru Jurgen Appelo’s, Managing for Happiness. A guild originally was a medieval association of craftsmen or merchants, often having considerable power. In the Middle Ages, these guilds were focused on certain crafts like carpentry and iron works. Their purpose was to help develop the craft, an early sort of mentoring.

In modern days, business guilds are called a community of practice or COP. This is a group of professionals who share a common interest, passion or area of work. A COP allows participants can share challenges and experiences and even create best practices to follow.

A Management 3.0 community of practice of course doesn’t just mean people at the same level doing the same work connect. These modern-day business guilds cut across teams, projects and levels, breaking down barriers. They are cross-organizational and cross-functional, with an effort to break down silos toward innovation and collaboration. As Etienne Wenger wrote in his book titled Communities of Practice, business guilds includes:

  • a domain of knowledge
  • a community of people
  • a shared set of tools and practices

The main purpose of a community of practice is learning through collaboration, but a positive consequence of COPs help any member gain more insight into the organization and have more impact on products, services and strategy.

“Want to know what the next stage of management may look like? Do yourself a favor and take a look at Management 3.0 by Jurgen Appelo. Chock full of management nuggets as well as exercises and activities. Management 3.0 provides insights into how to engage the next generation workforces.” –  JOHN BALDONI, author of MOXIE: The Secret to Bold and Gutsy Leadership and chair at N2Growth

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Check out our Leadership Resource Hub to learn about all the Management 3.0 Products and Practices. And read more about Business Guilds in Jurgen Appelo’s newest book Managing for Happiness!

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