Implementing Holacracy: differences between Germany and the Netherlands

Matt Hallmann
5 min readOct 18, 2019

Some of us are lucky enough to do one Holacracy implementation and see, understand and feel the joy, challenges and hardships that come with it. Getting your team or company ready for self organisation is not easy. It’s hard and requires dedication and focus.

I’ve been extra lucky, to have been a part of one organisation transforming towards self organisation on two different occasions, holding two different positions, in two different countries. And while my experiences and findings might not be exemplary, they give an insight about the importance of cultural differences and how they can play a part in the process of change.

From Amsterdam to Berlin

When I joined Springest, an educational tech company, Holacracy had only been freshly implemented as organisational structure. After a lot of coaching and learning, the team was getting familiar with all concepts and practicing self organisation on all levels. Because of an investment that had been raised around that time, there were many new hires (including me), who were all eager to scale the company and taste autonomy in a professional context for the first time. Seeing those new Springeteers becoming familiar with Holacracy, while the company was still learning as a whole, was amazing to witness.