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Today's leaders know that speed and agility are the keys to any company's success, yet many are frustrated that their organizations can't move fast enough to stay competitive. The typical chain of command is too slow; internal resources are too limited; people are already executing beyond normal expectations. As the pace accelerates, how do you inspire people's energy and creativity? How do you collaborate with customers, vendors, and partners to keep your organization on the cutting edge? What kind of organization matches the speed and complexity that businesses must master - and how do you build that organization?

Jim Whitehurst, CEO of Red Hat, one of the world's most revolutionary companies, shows how open principles of management - based on transparency, participation, and community - reinvent the organization for the fast-paced connected era. Whitehurst gives listeners an insider's look into how an open and innovative organizational model works. He shows how to leverage it to build community, respond quickly to opportunities, harness resources and talent both inside and outside the organization, and inspire, motivate, and empower people at all levels to act with accountability.

The Open Organization is a must-listen for leaders struggling to adapt their management practices to the values of the digital and social age. Brimming with Whitehurst's personal stories and candid advice for leading an open organization as well as instructive examples from employees and managers at Red Hat and companies such as Google, The Body Shop, and Whole Foods, this audiobook provides the blueprint for reinventing your organization.

©2015 Red Hat, Inc. (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Lost interest, pushed through

An account of Redhat's CEO learning to become less of a command and control leader. A decent book, but nothing new for me, nor particularly compelling in the tell of the story.

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Fantastic piece of work..

Fail fast, releas early release often, open source principles and open source way. i have to read this book again and think about all the open things...

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Great Read

A good perspective on getting employees involved. I read this in one day. A lot of companies could pick up some ideas from this book.

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Great assessment of 21st century organisations.

An extremely valid assessment of 21st century organisations and tips how CEOs should run one.

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Challenges traditional management approaches

Excellent book that is full of real life examples and practical advice. It certainly challenges the status quo of management. Quite candid about the difficulties of adapting to this type of approach but would never go back to traditional way.

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Should be required reading!

Great read! Not only relevant to managers, but to everyone who interacts with other people. Should be required reading in high school!

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Excellent Narration and Story

I really enjoyed the anecdotes throughout and the admittance that nothing was rigidly set in Stone for cultural rules.

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Nice narrator full of emotions

Such a pleasure to listen to such a nice book well narrated. Some of the keywords are impressive such as meritocracy, CSR. Nice appendix!

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Great Narrator!

The book had amazing insight into what really motivates employees and in a sense people in general. I wish more organizations were run like this! In addition, the narrator did an excellent job portraying the books emotion and professionalism.

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Clear, Concise, and great examples

All around good read. Jim does a great job explaining concepts and addressing preconceived notions around unorthodox management models. The examples provided a diverse perspective surrounding industry variations, which proved value.

Recommend to anyone looking to shift management techniques.