A potter's community: Mother of innovation
One of the great things about being a potter is the way that experience, tools, and tips are shared by those who love the craft. At my first lesson at the potter's wheel, I was blown away by the way my peers (who were strangers at the time) invested in sharing knowledge with the newbies. The more... Read more
0 comments Posted 5 Apr 2012 by Paula Weigel (Red Hat) Feed
New report: Communities of passion
There are innovative organizations that most of us find inspiring because on the inside, they're essentially passionate communities. But what do companies like Google, Red Hat, IDEO, Apple, 3M, and W.L. Gore have in common? And what defines a community of passion, anyway? Over the past few months,... Read more
0 comments Posted 2 Dec 2011 by Rebecca Fernandez (Red Hat) Feed
A focus on the stuff that matters most
This post originally appeared in Tim O'Reilly's Google+ feed and on O'Reilly Radar. This tweet by Steve Case (@stevecase) struck home for me, because in the aftermath of Steve Jobs' death I've been thinking a lot about O'Reilly, wanting to make sure that we streamline and focus on the stuff... Read more
0 comments Posted 14 Nov 2011 by Tim O'Reilly Feed
At one time or another, most of us have probably worked for a boss who was self-absorbed, vindictive, or just plain inept — a real-life equivalent to Dunder Mifflin’s Michael Scott. One of my first jobs was for an HR manager who thought the best way to humble a cocky new MBA was to have him... Read more
2 comments Posted 17 Jun 2011 by Gary Hamel Feed
A humble confession: I'm bored. As mind-implodingly, soul-suckingly, spirit-munchingly bored of business as Jason Voorhees probably is of Friday the 13th. Let me explain why, via a tiny theory. Porter's five forces, the 5 "C"s of marketing? Forget it. I'd suggest that today, nothing characterizes... Read more
1 comment Posted 10 May 2011 by Umair Haque Feed
60 Minutes did a segment on The Equity Project (TEP). TEP is a charter school that is publicly funded and privately run in New York City by founder and principal Zeke Vanderhoek. The goal of TEP is to prove that attracting the best teachers and holding them accountable for results is essential to a... Read more
8 comments Posted 5 May 2011 by Mary Ann Bitter (Red Hat) Feed
One of my favorite regular blog subjects is how to use community-based strategies to build brands. In fact, I'm putting the finishing touches on a new book entitled The Ad-Free Brand: Secrets to Successful Brand Positioning in a Digital World which will be out this August and covers exactly that... Read more
1 comment Posted 27 Apr 2011 by Chris Grams Feed
Recently, Red Hat held a panel discussion for the North Carolina STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) organization. There were lots of great conversations around education and how to prepare students for careers in technology. One recurring theme was passion.
8 comments Posted 29 Mar 2011 by Mary Ann Bitter (Red Hat) Feed
It's true. If you think about the characteristics of open source and the qualities of a successful relationship, you will find a lot of overlap. OPEN: You have to be open and flexible to make a relationship work. Going back to my favorite analogy in regards to open source software and... Read more
7 comments Posted 14 Feb 2011 by Mary Ann Bitter (Red Hat) Feed
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 My posts on the MIX focus on how to enable communities of passion in and around organizations.
0 comments Posted 6 Jan 2011 by Chris Grams Feed