Managing with open values

Managing with open values

How can open principles help us rethink conventional management practices? This interview series explores that question—and more.

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This interview series highlights the complexities of managing with open values—of using open values to engage, empower, and create the most important relationships in the organization: those between manager and associate.

The managers you'll meet in this series all come all different companies in different industries. They all have varying levels of experience with open source, open culture, and open principles. But all their stories accentuate both the benefits and the challenges of exploring what managing with open values means to them and their unique teams.


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A carrot and a stick.

Employee engagement is critical in high-performing organizations. But do we really understand what makes people feel committed to their work?
Media ladder

What does great management look like in an open organization? DeLisa Alexander of Red Hat explains a new, open resource that paints one vision.
Open Lego CAD

Managing openly can feel intimidating. One manager explains why it's worth the risks.
Tug of war

In some organizations, a cultural aversion to openness is strong. How can managers overcome it—and create a new sense of shared purpose on their teams?
Two different business organization charts

Being more transparent and collaborative in our management practices can lead to feelings of inclusion, support, and belonging on our teams.
Brick wall between two people, a developer and an operations manager

How does transitioning into management change someone's view of working according to open principles?
Ship sails in the sky

In an open organization, the best kind of manager is the one that sets context and empowers others to do their best work.
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How can managers empower other managers to lead with open principles in mind?
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How can managers know if other leaders are cultivating an open culture? Ask the people they impact every day.

About the author

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Heidi Hess von Ludewig - Heidi Hess von Ludewig researches networked workplace creativity from the systems perspective, which means that she examines the relationships of multiple elements within the workplace that influence how individuals and groups perform innovative and creative work. She spent over fifteen years in the software industry performing a variety of roles, from developer to analyst, for Fortune 500 companies before receiving her PhD from North Carolina State University in 2014. Her research informs the...