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RaiseMe: Toward a more human(e) hierarchy

business heirarchy and employee potential

RaiseMe proposes a new model for identifying and recognizing employee potential in unexpected places. It provides equal opportunity for all employees to candidly share ideas with decision-makers by transforming concepts of radical freedom into practices that incentivize employees, hacking the social architecture of traditional organizational hierarchies, and connecting previously unconnected stakeholders to maximize preexisting (re)sources. » Read more

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A generational look at open management

Whether you're a newly appointed manager or a weathered veteran, one thing's for certain: when it comes to leading the workforce of the future, the times they are a-changin'. The ability (and willingness) to understand and adapt to the new paradigms of working will separate the good managers from the great managers, and both from the clueless ones. » Read more

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Leadership in open source communities

Leadership in most organizations is top-down. The CEO tells the VP, who tells the director, who tells the manager, who instructs his employee to do work. Culturally most people are conditioned to think that's expected. But open source communities rarely work that way, and that's one of the oddities people discover upon getting involved in open source--and often they need a period of acclimation to get used to it. It’s also certainly one of the strengths of open source communities, as well as one of the least understood functions, even among those in communities of practice. » Read more

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BetterMeans: a new app for running your organization the open source way

Last week I received a heads up about a new web application launching today from a company called BetterMeans with an impressive goal: to build the infrastructure (processes, technology, governance, etc.) to make an open organizational structure like we talk about here on opensouce.com a reality.

From their website:

BetterMeans.com is a web platform where people can start and run companies in a new decentralized way.

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Empowering Natural Leaders in 'Facebook Generation' Ways

In the years ahead, any leader who hopes to have followers will need to carefully examine the foundations of their own authority. Why? Because we live in a world where the effectiveness of positional power is rapidly diminishing—at least outside of prisons and elementary schools.

Thanks to Enron, WorldCom, Adelphia, FEMA, Lehman Brothers, AIG, Fannie Mae, et al, the generation now joining the workforce has » Read more

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Poll: Giving credit where credit is due

» After you vote, discuss this topic in-depth on the article, Can hierarchy and sharing co-exist, or in the comments below.

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The open source organization: good in theory or good in reality?

On occasion I get the opportunity to speak publicly about some of the things I've learned over the years applying the open source way in organizations. » Read more

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The Facebook Generation vs. the Fortune 500

The experience of growing up online will profoundly shape the workplace expectations of “Generation F” – the Facebook Generation. At a minimum, they’ll expect the social environment of work to reflect the social context of the web, rather than as is currently the case, a mid-20th-century Weberian bureaucracy.

If your company hopes to attract the most creative and energetic members of Gen F, it will need to » Read more

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Can hierarchy and sharing co-exist?

I'm usually a fairly upbeat person, but there's something that never fails to depress me: the misappropriation of ideas. Don't misunderstand; I'm all about sharing. But I also believing in giving credit where it's due. And in the business world, these two ideas often seem to be at odds with one another. » Read more

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Jim Whitehurst: 20th century companies are already hiring 21st century employees

Last night, Red Hat President and CEO Jim Whitehurst gave a talk to a group made up of mostly students and faculty at the NC State School of Engineering. 

Jim Whitehurst is in a rather unique position because he has managed both an icon of the 20th century corporation (Delta Airlines) and what we'd like to think is a good example of the 21st century corporation at Red Hat. » Read more

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