Hierarchy in organizations is obsolete. There is a better way: going horizontal increases the engagement of employees and managers alike, reduces micromanaging, and promotes organizational and individual success.

Now more than ever, successful organizations must respond quickly and nimbly to change – they need every employee’s best thinking. Self-management expert Samantha Slade presents seven practical, proven and incremental approaches to help your organization create a more dynamic structure and develop a horizontal organization. The result will be enhanced creativity, great growth, increased employee retention, productivity, and resilience.

The book Going Horizontal

“This book rolled out of me in 2017. After over a decade of work as a consultant and entrepreneur I had gathered so many simple, common practices that could help us reconnect with enlivening ways of working. I encoded them in the book in a way that invites everyone into the practices and helps us to share around them, support each other in growing them, share our stories along the way. The practices are commons – they belong to everyone. I chose to publish with BK publishers, in the USA because they would help the practices travel. The book is internationally distributed by Penguin random house and is being translated in different languages to widen its reach.” – Samantha Slade 

The Going Horizontal book is available in English
in print, ebook and audio book at your local bookstores.




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Praise for Going Horizontal

For those who feel trapped inside organizations that treat people like morons or machine parts, help is at hand.

– Stephen Huddart
CEO and President, McConnell Foundation

Individual practices can shift entire systems – in Going Horizontal, Samantha Slade provides every leader with individualized access points to leverage their unique experience to shift not only their organisation but the entire leadership paradigm.

– Susan Basterfield
Future of work thought leader
Author and Enspiral member

Going Horizontal is the product of Ms. Slade’s deft powers of observation and long experience working closely with individuals and organizations on the challenges of the workplace. She asks all the right questions about why our professional environments have gotten out of balance, and offers thoughtful, flexible and practical solutions. This book is for anyone who’s ever wondered what the future of truly fulfilling work could look like.

– Melissa Aronczyk
Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, Rutgers University

Samantha Slade offers a much needed alternative to our current systems of organizing. Her book is as refreshing as it is personal, and will be indispensable for those looking to bring more humanity into their organizations.

– Joel Bothello
Assistant Professor Department of Management, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Meet the Author

Samantha Slade

Samantha Slade

Author and social designer, co-founder Percolab

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.