Open Organization Best of 2018

10 most popular stories on open leadership

We published more than 50 articles about open organizations in 2018. Here are the ten most popular.

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In 2018, the open organization community added more than 50 articles to its growing corpus of resources for leaders, managers, and changemakers reinventing their organizations the open source way. All the pieces were excellent, but readers gravitated to the following ten in particular.

The most-read articles of the year reflect a growing interest in understanding the personalities open organizations attract (and retain), the ways design thinking and blockchain can impact our work, and new strategies for planning when planning is, well, "dead." Other articles address topics that have already proven timeless—like working with difficult people.

Enjoy them once again as we usher in 2019.

The 2018 Top 10

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Working openly means admitting when we've made mistakes. What would you do differently if you could?
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This new report describes the best ways to work with different types of open communities.
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How to build a productive relationship with the complicated people in your life.
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Find out how Human Connection puts transparency and community first.
Blocks for building

The Decentralized Autonomous Organization was an early blockchain experiment that failed. But it can teach us so much about our organizational futures.
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This new book offers advice for leaders vetting innovative ideas from anywhere.
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A successor to DevOps would place design at the center of value creation. Call it "DesOps."
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Our IT team combined open organization principles with inner sourcing strategies. The results transformed the way we work—and produced incredible results.
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These nine books represent the beginning of an important journey toward greater and better openness...
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As the pace of innovation increases, long-term planning is becoming more and more difficult. Let's rethink the way we respond to change.

About the author

Bryan Behrenshausen
Bryan Behrenshausen - Bryan edits and manages the Open Organization section of, which features stories about the ways open values and principles are changing how we think about organizational culture and design. He's worked on since 2011. Find him online as semioticrobotic.