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What to do when people start hacking your culture

What to do when people start hacking your culture
When organizational rules exist, people will try to game them. The Apache Foundation is a case in point.Read more

A new perspective on meritocracy

A new perspective on meritocracy
Meritocracy is a common element of open organizations: They prosper by fostering a less-hierarchical culture where "the best ideas win." But what...Read more

What we (think we) know about meritocracies

What we (think we) know about meritocracies
"Meritocracy," writes Christopher Hayes in his 2012 book Twilight of the Elites , "represents a rare point of consensus in our increasingly polarized...Read more

Want to be a great leader? Assume positive intent

Want to be a great leader? Assume positive intent
Open source communities are some of the most passionate organizations I've ever seen. Their members care deeply about the work they do (often...Read more

What happens when we just assume positive intent?

What happens when we just assume positive intent?
I never make New Year's resolutions. I've never understood the concept, never felt motivated to change with the calendar, and always been cynical of...Read more

The benefits of tracking issues publicly

The benefits of tracking issues publicly
A public issue tracker is a vital communication tool for an open organization, because there's no better way to be transparent and inclusive than to...Read more

5 elements for getting teams organized

5 elements for getting teams organized
Late last year, I was meeting with a business owner to whom I've been a trusted advisor for some time. After conducting discovery interviews with his...Read more

Why we need open leaders more than ever

Why we need open leaders more than ever
Leadership is power. More specifically, leadership is the power to influence the actions of others. The mythology of leadership can certainly conjure...Read more