When I hear people talk about how awesome their organizational culture is, I often find myself wondering what sort of “great” culture it is. For me, great cultures fall into two categories: entitlement and mission-driven. Those “best places to work” lists don't usually make a distinction, but I do... Read more
It ain’t easy being open in today’s corporate environment. It’s even harder for an open company to stick to its knitting when it joins forces with a much larger, much more entrenched player in its industry. Is it possible for a small company to stay true to its more 21st century values if it... Read more
If you ask a software developer how to make money writing code, you'll usually get employment or selling applications as your answer. It's my opinion, however, that most are missing the boat and need to think of their skills as a marketable service. The other answers, while not wrong, have to... Read more
I've been toying around with a new hypothesis. Here it is: Formality in business is dying. Now I am not talking about Blue Jeans Friday and Bring Your Pet to Work Day all of the sudden cropping up everywhere. I've seen very formally-run businesses where people showed up in jeans with their dogs or... Read more
This is the third in a series exploring the things I have learned from the open source way during my journey with Red Hat. One of the key tenets of the open source way is “release early, release often.” This means rather than keeping an idea or project "secret" until it is perfect, you go ahead and... Read more
Of all of the people talking or writing about the future of business right now, no one has more street cred than Gary Hamel.
The last time you ate Chinese food, you probably weren't thinking about open source development. But according to Jennifer 8. Lee, author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles,” the food on your plate arrived there in precisely that way. General Tso's chicken? Unrecognizable to its creator, let alone... Read more
LeBron James is an amazing basketball player. But is he also a management innovator? I couldn’t help but ask myself that question as I watched the news reports last week that three of the biggest professional basketball stars have chosen to play together in Miami. Early reports indicate that each... Read more
Open source communities are often compared to gift economies. You participate. You solve shared problems. Others do the same. In many ways, you give to get.
In my day job at New Kind, I spend quite a bit of my time working on brand-related assignments, particularly for organizations interested in community-based approaches to building their brands.