Presentations and Keynotes
#GoingHorizontalAuthor of Going Horizontal and steward of the GH Community
Hierarchy in organizations is obsolete. There is a better way: one that increases the engagement of employees and managers alike, reduces micromanaging and other limiting approaches, and promotes organizational and individual success.
In this book, self-management expert Samantha Slade presents seven concrete practices to help your organization flatten its existing hierarchy and develop a horizontal organization. The result will be enhanced creativity, greater growth, and a increased employee retention and productivity–and a better bottom line.
PercolabCo-founder and co-director of the international co-design and collaboration platform
Percolab is an international network of enterprises building capacity for co-creation and system thinking that helps organizations tackle their complex challenges and innovate in how they work together to enter into their future.
ECTOCo-founder of ECTO co-working cooperative
Samantha Slade draws from over 20 years of applied ethnographic research growing her own non-hierarchical organization and supporting other organizations in a dozen countries. She has worked with innovative North American start ups to the European Commission. She is equally at ease with ambulance dispatchers and coders as human resource professionals and high level decision makers. She speaks from first hand experience that is relatable and practical.
With a background in Cultural Anthropology and Education, Samantha has been tuned into the subtleties of the way organizations function for a long time. She knows that going horizontal is as much about mindset and culture as it is a structural change. Today, as an international social designer, speaker and consultant Samantha supports teams, organizations and ecosystems to grow their horizontal ways. It doesn’t matter if it is called participatory leadership, co-creation or innovation mindset, it all requires going horizontal.
Sensing the incapacity of dominant organizational models to carry us into our future, Samantha co-founded Percolab, an international co-creation and co-design firm, in 2007. With her colleagues she pioneers culture-driven practices and operational tools for the future of work. Samantha also co-founded one of the first co-working spaces in Canada.
Samantha believes that organizations can and should be a microcosm of the world we want to live in.
Author and social designer, co-founder Percolab