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Some tech giants are forcing employees to give up their titles or quit

Some tech giants are forcing employees to give up their titles or quit
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The tech sector is known as a hub of innovation, and that culture has produced some interesting management philosophies at giants like Google and Apple. Now a new management style coming out of the industry is making waves and giving high-level executives a hard choice to make: give up your hard-earned title or find another job.

The new management philosophy is called Holacracy, and it's the brainchild of software programmer Brian Robertson. Instead of a typical top-down management structure, Holacracy divides the work force into self-governing "circles." No one has titles because roles change often, though there are management figures within each circle.

Robertson began to develop the idea as he grew frustrated with the typical top-down management organization at a company he worked for. He believed the traditional management structure stifled innovation and creativity.

Unlike some of its contemporaries, Holacracy doesn't advocate for a flat organization. Holacracy organizes work (and people) around circles within circles within circles. People within those circles have "roles" that give certain team members complete control over their domains.

Several companies have already bought into Holacracy, including media company Medium and online shoe seller Zappos. Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is so gung-ho about the philosophy that he told employees they can accept it or take a severance package and leave the company.

Next page: Learn more about Holacracy.
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