Brian Robertson

Robertson, Brian PhotoEntrepreneur, Organization Builder, & Recovering CEO

Brian Robertson is generally regarded as the primary developer of Holacracy, a comprehensive practice for structuring, governing, and running an organization. His work allows leaders to release the reins of personal power and persuasion into a trustworthy and explicit governance process.

Brian’s creative expression takes many forms – he co-founded HolacracyOne to support Holacracy’s growth, and he fills and loves a broad variety of the company’s roles. He’s particularly grateful to hold no fancy titles and wield no special powers, so he can show up as just another partner doing his part to support something he cares about.

My personal practice is…….

Holacracy and Getting Things Done (or “GTD” as it’s commonly known).

How did you discover your practice?

I discovered GTD from David Allen’s book about the method, at a time when I was searching for better ways to deal with the amazing amount of activity and complexity of growing a company.  I developed Holacracy myself, as I searched for better ways to help my organization deal with its amazing level of activity and complexity.

Why do you practice?

They’re both like martial arts for a knowledge-worker.

How frequently and for how long do you practice?

Every day, every moment – both Holacracy and GTD give me ways of being and responding to the many inputs in my world; they are not practices you ever “stop” once you really get them working for you.

What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?

The messiness of life, in all its many forms, often gets in the way of the exquisite ideal of my practices.  I hold to my practice largely by allowing it to not be perfect – I remind myself that dropping parts of my practice and then getting back on the wagon is itself part of the practice.

What supports you in staying committed to your practice?

The results I see myself generate when holding to it, and the internal peace and exquisite flow-state I regularly experience even while drowning in work – it’s awesome.

What role does your practice play in your work?

Holacracy and GTD both serve as foundations for how I process whatever enters my awareness into some kind of meaningful decisions, and then keep focused on what really matters.

Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.

Whenever I catch a glimpse of how David Allen holds and uses GTD himself, I’m reminded of just how deep it can go, and yet with more depth comes more lightness in the holding.  Very inspiring.

A practice I’d like to explore is….

Nothing at the moment; my focus is right where I want it.