TCF Overview

 "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed
people can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Margaret Mead

Are you leading an organization committed to self-management and other new organizational concepts? Worried about how things are working out? Come spend some time with other CEOs leading these organizations at our first complimentary Teal CEO Forum on Sep 19th. We’re talking about “Teal Failures & F@$# Ups–How they happen, why they are common, and what to do about them.” 

You will leave this event with a specific action plan to avoid your most probable teal f@$#-up (TFU) and a peer accountability partner that you will be responsible for checking in with at least once within the following 3 months.

Apply to join the Teal CEO Forum (TCF), where brave souls trek toward conscious leadership together. The TCF is designed by Teal entrepreneurs for Teal entrepreneurs. We are making a purpose-built community that will bring a ‘big tent’ approach to the future of human-centered work. The event is free, but will be limited to CEOs, GMs, and Presidents that are leading organizations that have been committed to new ways of working for at least 1 year.

Contact us to learn more about TCF (Teal CEO Forum)

Interested? Got questions? Let us know!

WHAT: “Teal Failures & F*** Ups–How

they happen, why they are common,

and what to do about them.”

WHEN: Thursday, Sep 19th. 9-noon

PT/noon-3 pm ET/6-9 pm CET

WHERE: Virtual Gathering

HOW: Apply to join us by emailing us


with the subject line ‘I’m interested.’


Don’t know anything about teal and its three pillars of self-management, holism, and evolutionary purpose? If you’re reading this, you likely know more than you realize. See our TCF guidelines, which flesh out this organizational philosophy more fully.

Our mission is to help leaders build conscious, successful organizations. By bringing together a group of thoughtful leaders committed to self-management (including role-based organizations), holism, and a strong sense of purpose, we believe it’s possible to accelerate progress and lighten your load. 

This group will be a trusting, confidential, respectful, and intimate space for you to share your challenges and successes. We’ll keep it real about Teal and sister concepts such as Holacracy, Sociocracy, Agile and role-based organizations. There will be passionate, challenging conversations. There may be tears, along with plenty of celebration and a lot of laughter.

You’ll gain perspective, intellectual stimulation, and emotional support from leaders who are similarly committed to building a purpose-driven, conscious business.

The TCF is facilitated by a veteran team of practitioners who have deep experience in fundamentally new ways of working. This is a three-hour virtual gathering that features high-quality curated content, interactivity, and peer-to-peer learning.

Applicants to the TCF will be screened for their organization’s commitment to Teal,  their ability to bring self-awareness, the courage to challenge peers in constructive ways, and the vulnerability to share their own development with the group (See Guidelines). 

The result will be a guided, peer-to-peer conversation that elevates your experience as a leader and speeds your journey to a more conscious, impactful business.

Leading an organization can be lonely, difficult, and depleting. According to the Gallup Wellbeing Index, 45% of entrepreneurs report being stressed. What’s more, half of CEOs report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their role. 

Natacha Neumann, former CEO of Teal food products firm Freche Freunde, told us: “It was lonely at the top as a CEO. And it was even lonelier journeying into a paradigm that other CEOs had not just tried and failed to do but warned me against.”

Leadership challenges are magnified when you are flouting ‘conventional wisdom’ around power and authority. The journey toward a more conscious organization is a daunting adventure, with few role models or road maps. 

Research finds that executive peer advisory groups, like the TCF, address CEO isolation and other problems such as energy, inspiration, and how to address tactical challenges–from sales to people. As with other business leader groups, we will build camaraderie, cultivate trust, and provide ongoing learning opportunities–all in the context of conscious business. Together, we’ll advance toward truly soulful organizations.

Guidelines (See more about Teal organizations here):

  • Founder, CEO, President, or General Manager of a company committed to and already on the path towards self-organization or role-based distribution of authority
    • Apologies, but no coaching & consulting organizations. If you’re in a coaching or consulting organization and you’d be interested in being a partner, please drop us a message.
  • Be in a business with 20-200 employees.
  • Be able to attend all 3 hours (9 am-12 pm PT)
  • To get started, email us at with the subject line ‘I’m interested.’

Sep 19th Agenda:

  • Check-in: What has been your or your team’s biggest accomplishment in the last 6 months & what is the biggest challenge now facing you and your team
  • Presentations: Two stories. One from an exited founder who has successfully converted their company to Teal, on what their biggest mistake was and the ripple effects it had in their business. One from a current CEO leading an organization through change.
  • Peer Deep Dive: One or two group members share their largest business challenge. 
  • Self-assess your business. Use our Teal Maturity Model to understand where your organization is on the journey to a conscious, self-managed business. And to illuminate any potential F@$# Up areas that are blindspots for you and your team. 
  • Action Creation & peer accountability: Applying lessons to your largest challenges and coming up with an action plan customized to your business. Decide what accountability will be most helpful for you and what you’re willing to do to hold your peers accountable.
  • Check-out: Inspiration and take-aways.

Chatham House Rule. Specific comments from individuals in the Circle are kept confidential. But you are encouraged to take and apply your insights.

Meet the TCF Team

Travis is an author, facilitator, teacher, and coach. He founded the consulting firm Human First Works, whose mission is to help leaders build leaders. Travis facilitates a class at Stanford Graduate School of Business on interpersonal dynamics, which is widely regarded as one of the most influential courses at GSB. He is also the co-author of Lead Together: The Bold, Brave, Intentional Path to Scaling Your Business. In addition, Travis is a member of The Teal Team, which hosts the quarterly Global Teal MeetUps for the Americas.  

Rebecca is a veteran business executive and coach and is currently a principal at Human First Works. Rebecca has built successful outcomes in many organizations, including non-profits, start-ups, and public companies. Rebecca has three particular traits: vibrant curiosity, which has built a deep well of knowledge and contacts; the belief that any person can realize his/her best self in the right role; and a compulsion for action that drives positive outcomes.

Ed Frauenheim

Ed is about reinventing masculinity, organizations, and society. And about connecting the dots among the three for a more soulful world. He is an author, speaker, coach, and consultant. His writing has appeared in publications including USA Today, Harvard Business Review, and Fortune. Ed has a master’s degree in education from U.C. Berkeley and previously served as director of research and content at the Great Place to Work Institute. He’s co-written four books, including Reinventing Masculinity: The Liberating Power of Compassion and Connection. Ed also co-founded The Teal Team.

Elizabeth Solomon

Elizabeth is a certified Emotional Intelligence Coach, communications expert, and workplace strategist invested in equity and positive social change. Bridging business-oriented strategy and intuition-guided development, she has spent close to two decades at the intersection of organizational culture, storytelling, and leadership development. Elizabeth has master’s degrees in organizational psychology and counseling psychology from Golden Gate University. She is co-host of Daniel Goleman’s podcast, First Person Plural: Emotional Intelligence and Beyond; a former researcher and evaluator for the Great Place to Work Institute; and a member of The Teal Team.

Matthew Spaur

Matthew is a marketing and strategic communications professional with more than 20 years of experience spanning many industries including enterprise software, education, HR, energy, and publishing. Matthew is the founder of the advisory firm Marketing the Social Good. He earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno as well as an MFA in Writing from Eastern Washington University. He is a member of The Teal Team, an editor of its newsletter, and a regular host of its Global Teal MeetUps.

Nora Fleischhut

Nora is an experienced and passionate coach and consultant with an optimistic, collaborative and innovative mindset. Nora spent seven years at PwC, where she became a specialist in transformation and organizational design. Nora creatively draws from fields including neurobiology, behavioral sciences, agile ways of working and psychology to help build the best workplaces. She aims to create more adaptable, human and joyful ways of working, enabling a change of perspective and raising our level of consciousness. Nora co-founded Teal Around Berlin to explore new ways of thinking, working and being.


TCF Organizational Guidelines

Even if you’ve never heard of teal, you and your organization may be a great fit for the TCF (Teal CEO Forum).

There are a few core principles of the group. These are the three pillars of teal organizations: self-management, holism, and evolving purpose.

Let’s examine them one at a time

Self-Management or Role-Based Organizations – This is the idea that instead of brilliant individuals as the building blocks of organizational success, organizations are built on top of excellent teams. These teams need to be vested with the ability to influence their fate dramatically more than in a typical top-down hierarchy. This means moving from the executives having the majority of the decision authority towards the teams having the majority of the authority. Self-management also extends to individual team members. Examples might include self-guided role definition professional development, and taking initiative through the advice process

Holism – Holism is about bringing your whole self to work. It’s about being able and willing to bring your identity and your professional identity together. No matter whether you are a member of a dominant, majority group or a historically marginalized group, such as women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ folks. Holism is also about realizing that gut instincts and feelings offer useful data for making sense of many situations. In practice, this can be as simple as starting meetings with a check-in. Further steps on the path often involve looking at what stops people from being their best selves and slowly removing those barriers. 

High Purpose or Evolutionary Purpose – Organizations have a sense of purpose that goes beyond mere profit-making and/or the founder’s ego. They align with a higher purpose, allowing individuals to connect with meaningful work that serves the greater good and contributes to the well-being of society. This purpose can and should grow and evolve, which helps the organization adapt both to the changing environment and the changing team that is helping bring the purpose to life. We are looking to attract organizations that have a meaningful positive social impact, such as B-Corps, Conscious Capitalism organizations, or social enterprises.

Your organization should have aspects of all three of these. A willingness to focus on and improve is sufficient in Holism and Evolutionary Purpose, though being further on your journey will be helpful. You need to be at least part way on your journey towards self-management because this is the value that is most obviously in contrast with the Taylorism ideal that people are most useful as cogs in a machine.

Specifically, we’re trying to create a group dynamic where you can both contribute to and receive from other group members. We ask that you be capable and equipped to navigate both the set of basic challenges that come from moving towards self-management as well as to offer insight into the more complex changes. 

We are also forming a group that is meaningfully creating change. So we ask that you have meaningful and inspiring goals and that you are open to feedback and ideas from the group.

If you have any questions, we’re always happy to jump on a call and chat. Reach out to us anytime at