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The open organization : igniting passion and performance

Author: Jim Whitehurst
Publisher: Boston, Massachusetts : Harvard Business Review Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This is a story of reinvention. Jim Whitehurst, celebrated president and CEO of one of the world's most revolutionary software companies, tells first-hand his journey from traditional manager (Delta Air Lines, Boston Consulting Group) and "chief" problem solver to CEO of one of the most open organizational environments he'd ever encountered. This challenging transition, and what Whitehurst learned in the interim,  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Whitehurst
ISBN: 9781625275271 1625275277
OCLC Number: 891619047
Description: xiv, 227 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Why opening up your organization matters. pt. 1. Why: motivating and inspiring. Igniting passion --
Building engagement. --
pt. 2. How: getting things done. Choosing meritocracy, not democracy --
Letting the sparks fly --
pt. 3. What: setting direction. Making inclusive decisions --
Catalyzing direction --
Epilogue: It's a journey.
Responsibility: Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Red Hat, with a foreword by Gary Hamel.

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"This is a story of reinvention. Jim Whitehurst, celebrated president and CEO of one of the world's most revolutionary software companies, tells first-hand his journey from traditional manager (Delta Air Lines, Boston Consulting Group) and "chief" problem solver to CEO of one of the most open organizational environments he'd ever encountered. This challenging transition, and what Whitehurst learned in the interim, has paved the way for a new way of managing--one this modern leader sees as the only way companies will successfully function in the future. Whitehurst says beyond embracing the technology that has so far disrupted entire industries, companies must now adapt their management and organizational design to better fit the Information Age. His mantra? "Adapt or die." Indeed, the successful company Whitehurst leads--the open source giant Red Hat--has become the organizational poster child for how to reboot, redesign, and reinvent an organization for a decentralized, digital age. Based on open source principles of transparency, participation, and collaboration, "open management" challenges conventional business ideas about what companies are, how they run, and how they make money. This book provides the blueprint for putting it into practice in your own firm. He covers challenges that have been missing from the conversation to date, among them: how to scale engagement; how to have healthy debates that net progress; and how to attract and keep the "Social Generation" of workers"--

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