Japanese managers call it "gemba," the practice of pushing decision-making power down a hierarchy. But when managers do it simply with the intent to avoid responsibility, trouble arises, Ron McFarland explains.
Sam Knuth reflects on his experiences with employees who lose their fire—and offers tips for reigniting it.
Discussion about engagement in the Open Organization book club. Engagement can be powerful. It can channel the passion of employees and help shape or reshape a company.
In the Open Organization book club this week, writer Scott Nesbitt examines "Chapter 3: Building Engagement."
This evening, United States President Barack Obama will be delivering the annual State of the Union address at 9pm EST (if you want to learn more about the tradition of the State of the Union address in the United States, the White House has put together a nice video about the history and making of... Read more
Over the past few months, I've started moonlighting as a contributor on the Management Innovation Exchange (MIX), which we've featured regularly here on opensource.com. My posts on the MIX focus on how to enable communities of passion in and around organizations.
In the interview with Chris Blizzard I posted last week, near the end of the article Chris attributes a phrase to Mozilla CEO John Lilly: "Surprise is the opposite of engagement." This may be one of the most simple, brilliant things I have ever heard someone say when it comes to creating engaged,... Read more
My colleague John Adams, reporting from the World Business Forum in New York, wrote on Twitter that during his speech, management guru Gary Hamel called open source one of the greatest management innovations of the 21st century (coverage of Gary's speech here and here).