When Main Street opens up

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When Main Street opens up

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Our April 21 Twitter chat explored the implications of open organizational thinking for "Main Street" businesses. More than 40 community members chimed in.

You'll find the highlights below. Read, enjoy, and get ready for the next #OpenOrgChat!

Q1: What unique challenges do non-tech orgs face when becoming more open? #OpenOrgChat

Q2: What do tech-oriented orgs tend to take for granted that non-tech firms can't? #OpenOrgChat

Q3: What's the first step a leader can take to foster a culture of sharing in a traditionally closed org? #OpenOrgChat

Q4: What kind of transparency is possible in orgs with strong mandates to protect personal information, like hospitals? #OpenOrgChat

A5: Q: How can you practice inclusive decision-making when access to/familiarity with digital tools is limited? #OpenOrgChat

Q6: How can we translate "with more eyes, all bugs are shallow" for non-tech orgs? #OpenOrgChat

Q8: What are greatest benefits of #TheOpenOrg thinking when motives aren't profit-seeking? #OpenOrgChat

Q9: What was the biggest challenge you faced when transitioning to an open org like Red Hat #OpenOrgChat

Q10: What types of mainstream organizations could benefit from adopting open org principles? #OpenOrgChat

Q11: How can educators prepare students to work in an open org? #EdTech #OpenOrgChat

Q12: How do we apply the principles of #TheOpenOrg to government and other entrenched hierarchical orgs #OpenOrgChat

Q13: Finally, post a GIF that best expresses the idea of an open organization #OpenOrgChat

The Open Organization aims to reshape the future of management and collaboration in companies and organizations who want to transform the way they do business. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst wrote The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance about his leadership transition from traditional management to an open organization.

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