I'm getting a little less surprised when I discover that there are folks in the "thinking about business" community that share some of my ideas, but still pretty astounded when I find out that ideas that seem the most extreme are actually being practiced. W. L. Gore, for example, has what appears to be a nearly-flat hierarchy.
Now a reader has pointed me to this blog which describes Namasté Solar, a company in Boulder, CO which uses something remarkably similar to my distributed decision-making, a concept that I thought was surely too far-fetched for anyone to actually use it. The company has been in business since 2005 and steadily growing, and apparently their decision-making process works pretty well.
One of the exciting things about Namasté Solar is that it is a few hours away from where I live, and so it will be easy to visit and learn more about how they make decisions. Years ago I lived for 3 years right next to Newark, DE, where W.L. Gore is headquartered, but at that time I had decided that all companies were hopeless and my only chance for happiness was to be an independent consultant. Now, of course, I wish I had been more mentally expanded, at least to the point where I might have been able to visit the place.