Four new videos about working and leading openly

4 new videos about working and leading openly

Here's an overview of September's new releases on OpenOrgTV.


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Last month, Open Organization community members took to the airwaves (or maybe the fiber optics?) to discuss some of the ways open principles are changing how we work, manage, and lead. Here's what we shared on OpenOrgTV.

Encouraging honest dialog

In this episode of our mailbag-style, Q&A show, “Ask the Ambassadors,” community members respond to an ongoing concern in open organizations: “How can I encourage (and participate in) open conversations without hurting anyone’s feelings or making people uncomfortable?” A panel of Open Organization Ambassadors offers their perspectives on cultures of accountability, growing accustomed to direct feedback, and alternatives to calling ideas simply “good” or “bad.”

Educators’ roundtable

To celebrate “back to school” season in the United States, host Jen Kelchner sat down with the editors behind The Open Organization Guide for Educators to mark the book’s anniversary and chat about the evolving relationship between open organization principles and educational institutions. No surprise: they’re more important than ever. This wide-ranging discussion explains how thinkinly openly in a post-pandemic world can help educators avoid reverting to systems, processes, structures, and behaviors that we may prefer to leave in the past.

Starting projects openly

Open Organization Ambassador Ron McFarland returns with the latest installment of “Ron’s Reviews,” a deep dive into the books that shape our thinking about open principles’ impact in organizations globally. In this episode, Ron returns to writing he did four (!!) years ago to offer additional insights on initiating projects with openness in mind—and avoiding Citizens Against Virtiaully Everything, who may try to derail them.

Building trust

A panel of experts gathers once more to discuss another reader-submitted question: “It seems like building open organizations requires trust. What are some ways I can begin building that trust among managers, leaders, and team members?” Answers took twists and turns both surprising and productive—from gradeschool wisdom, to feeling unmoored, to the importance of consistency among organizational leadership. Don’t miss another fantastic episode of “Ask the Ambassadors.”

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Jen Kelchner - Jen has created pioneering adaptive schemas weaving cognitive psychology, practical experience and diverse theories into an applied language of change for optimized and sustainable transformation. She drives change conversations with high-level leaders, balancing contrasting and unusual influences together and connecting the nucleus of ideas to create wide roads for growth. Her gift to see the unseen and create bridges into the future allows her to assist others in navigating the uncharted and...

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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.