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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.