You’re welcome Harry! Thanks for your comment. I found this article helpful in terms of definitions of self-organising teams. I use the term self-management to mean an organisation or team where the team members (not a ‘manager’): set the overall direction, design the team and its organisational context, monitor and manage work process and progress, and execute the team task. (The article I linked to calls this ‘self-governing’ but that’s a lesser known term so I use self-managing for simplicity.) So for me the key difference between self-managing and non-self-managing is: no one has power over anyone else. You can have social capital/influence/creative authority, but not authority over someone.

Management has many definitions but most people agree it’s basically “getting work done through others.” Whereas the definition of a coach is different (again, many definitions but this is my favourite one from a friend of mine, Karin Tenelius):

The purpose of coaching is to empower another person to achieve their desired aim. Coaching is a ‘way of being’ which enables another person to choose to draw on their own potential.

For me, it’s about true autonomy. A coach/partner/facilitator/steward/etc. is very different to a manager.

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