Rebecca Brover is a Partner at HolacracyOne, LLC. HolacracyOne’s mission is to evolve humanity’s relationship to power. Rebecca spends half her time preparing for and hosting training events for individuals and the other half coaching clients who have adopted Holacracy® in their organizations or stewarding operations within her company. Rebecca is a long time partner and member of the Zoku community, from near its opening.
What path has your career taken?
I spent most of my early career in non-profit organizations as I always felt more connected to a purpose than a company. I saw a consistent disconnect between the passionate program administrators or artistic directors who had vision for where the work of the organization should be directed and the financial stewards, typically the Board of Directors or CFOs, who fought every day to manage the dwindling resources. I sensed I could serve as an interpreter since I have degree in music (yep, classically-trained trombonist) so I get the need to create, and another degree in business, so I get the reality of numbers. Business school opened my eyes to the possibilities of thoughtful strategic management of both financial and human resources but conventional management structure was still limiting and usually inefficient. The universe must have known I needed something to shift. A friend sent me an article on a new way of working, Holacracy, and I was immediately attracted to the idea of distributed authority leading to more efficient work. I learned as much as I could and ended up joining HolacracyOne so I could serve others seeking similar change in the world. I capture my purpose in the world as To Sparkle & Serve, and my work with Holacracy practice lets me do that every day.
What brought you/brings you to Amsterdam?
My first trip to Amsterdam was to coach at a Holacracy Practitioner Training, I fell in love with the city and the similarities to my home town of Davis, California. Davis is second only to Amsterdam in the number of bicycles per person. Biking as the primary mode of transportation was brought to Davis in the 1960s by an economics professor who was on sabbatical in The Hague. It’s an interesting story. Oh…and the chocolate! Dutch chocolate is amazing and my husband places his “order” each time I have a trip scheduled. Van Soest, Puccini, Patisserie Kyut & Tony’s Chocolonely are some of my favorites.
How long have you stayed at Zoku Amsterdam, and what were/are your thoughts?
My first stay at Zoku was only a few months after Zoku Amsterdam opened in 2016. I had been looking for a new location for our Holacracy training events and just knew Zoku Amsterdam was a great fit. Since then, we have hosted all of our Amsterdam events at Zoku and have been a short stay resident there each time. As for my relationship with Zoku…I am a Zoku. I have been Zoku since the beginning and coming to Zoku is coming home.
What’s a life-changing song, film, event or book you’d like to recommend to others?
There’s a great song by the Editors: An End Has a Start that I loved from the first listen. Both the title and the lyrics remind me that everything is cyclical and what really matters are people, not things. I read both the Anne of Greene Gables and Little Women series once a year as they remind me of family and simplicity. Maybe it’s a little lofty but I think the song, film, event or book that is most life-changing is the one you create and share with others.
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Own your autonomy and embrace your sovereignty! Question what you’ve been told to think by those in positions of power. You are already powerful, you just need to see it. You do not need permission to be yourself and to do what makes your heart sing.
What’s your current/newly discovered go-to product, service or app you would recommend to others and why?
I’m currently trying to lighten both my physical and psychological loads so I’m actively not buying new products or downloading new apps. I do love Filofax and Levenger for journals, the Breville tea-maker for tea, and the Timeular device & app for time tracking.
Which book/product have you gifted the most, and why?
I love giving gifts and try to make them very personal for the receiver! I tend to stick to consumables so recipients don’t have another thing to collect dust but here are a few of my go-to things:
- For new parents – something crocheted by hand and a copy of Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach.
- For young children – a copy of Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
- For newlyweds – a change purse with gift cards to movies, dinner, ice cream and other date night treats.
- For anyone – a blank journal with words of encouragement or something I crocheted just for them so I can put love into every stitch.
If you could pick one project to work on for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Myself! I am flawsome (awesomely flawed) and in constant need of evolution. I figure if I continue to work on myself and grow and improve, I will be even better at being able to connect with and serve others.
What does home mean to you?
Unconditional acceptance and love. I do want to clarify this also usually includes challenge, conflict and compromise but I think it’s amazing to be able to disagree (sometimes profoundly) with someone and still trust that they love you. I’m particularly fortunate to have been born into a wonderful family, to work with people I truly consider family, and to have built a chosen family through an amazing group of friends – including some of the Zokus!
What is one piece of advice or tip in your field of work that you want to give to people?
Clarify expectations early and often. It leads to less unhealthy conflict, greater transparency and deeper connection. If you want to learn more about how I do it using Holacracy practice, I’d love to talk to you!