New revised and augmented paperback edition

October 7, 2015

As many of you have, perhaps, noticed the hardcover edition by Random House/Crown Business is out of print. A new revised and augmented paperback edition is ready and is now in production. You can follow this blog to get the [...]

Amazon is out of the jungle

August 21, 2015

Amazon’s culture raised a serious debate recently. Following the piece in NYT (see the link below), it’s not so much the high-stress, often toxic culture itself that caused the surprise. “Up or out” and other Amazon’s practices are the bread and butter [...]

US Navy captain David Marquet liberates his submarine and moves it from the US worst to first

December 14, 2013
US submarine

We have already wrote on this blog that military doesn’t have to mean command-and-control and that it started in the 19th century. Yet examples of military organizations with freedom- and responsibility-based environments are still rare. Marines and Special Forces are the closest to [...]

Google’s non-freedom culture: our article in WSJ

October 12, 2013

Here is with some delay the article we published in the Wall Street Journal on the coming out of 20% time as a perk–not an aspect of the freedom-based culture in Google. How an Endangered Google Policy Got Results By BRIAN [...]

Ricardo Semler on the door which open opens only for you

September 9, 2013

Ricardo Semler is one of the best thinkers among the leaders who built a freedom-based organization. In this 6′ video he takes Kafka’s parables to deliver a powerful message to every leader and every man and woman.

Our WSJ Op-Ed on why Google’s culture is NOT a freedom-of-initiative one

September 7, 2013

Why Google’s 20% time was a perk and not a part of the freedom-of-initiaitve culture By BRIAN M. CARNEY  and ISAAC GETZ Recent reports indicate that Google has been effectively zeroing out employees’ “20% time”—the policy of letting Googlers spend a [...]

Indulging employees is no substitute for engaging them

July 12, 2013

  “Leaders will buy miserable employees latte machines for their offices, give them free lunch and sodas, or even worse — just let them all work at home, hailing an ‘enlightened’ policy of telecommuting. Hell, some of these practices might [...]

The True Cost of a Bad Boss and What to Do about It

March 10, 2013
Youtube bad boss

Bad managers’ plot ?   We wrote about the tremendous costs of stress to organizations. It’s also known that one of the key stressors for employees consists in conflictual relations with their manager. Below is a nice, less than 2 [...]

On the importance of “Why” from “Getting things done”

September 30, 2012

From David Allen’s book “Getting things done” Blog’s note: This is an ultimate book on “How”. We found many of its simple tips inspiring (such as if you have something to be done and can’t do it in 2 minutes [...]

A new and an old manager-free companies

September 16, 2012

Who’s the Boss? There Isn’t One By Rachel Emma Silverman June 19, 2012 BLOG’S INTRO: A recent article on a freedom-based company we know—Gore—and a more recent company—Valve. It’s always interesting to learn about new Freedom Incs. and we hope [...]