After the very inspiring week with almost all IMO colleagues in Holambra Brazil (a local magazine published a nice impression), I spent time with my Brazilian colleagues during the next week.

ExerciseHolambra2016The Monday we spent in Hibero Preto at the University of Sao Paulo economic and business administration department sharing with students and their professor some basic ideas on horizontal organizing and horizontal leadership. Students dialogued in groups on the basic ideas. The son of the famous football player Socrates, who died not so long ago, was one of them showing enthusiasm for this new perspective on leadership.

We started the ninth master class horizontal leadership together with Marcelo and Hermanus. There were eleven participants of which three married couples running their own firm. We worked on the lean, living and learning organisation that can develop itself through a different kind of leadership, horizontal leadership in which all participate.

We researched work process improvement and changing steering convictions. With the seven beacons they planned the next step home.

One day, out of four days planned for this year, was spent with master class participants on a follow up activity. It was nice to see and hear how the master class had changed their lives for the better. We introduced two new exercises and then prepared the next steps home.


In the hospital Santa Filomena in Rio Claro we shared with three groups of people from three different companies the working of the IMO basic team self-steering approach. On the IMO international site there is a video on how this works in practice in this hospital. All departments and teams improve their work processes regular and this gives them new learning experiences and good teamwork.

We experienced the work of Hermanus in a Waldorfschool. Fourteen processes with process owners presented the results of one year development work. Amazing how this changed the whole atmosphere in the school and created a strong community of parents and teachers dealing with the issues and showing horizontal leadership.

Full of inspiring experiences I fly home from Sao Paulo.

Adriaan Bekman

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