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 [...]

Ricardo Semler on the door which open opens only for you

September 9, 2013
Semler

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.

Japan Airlines CEO has no ego, says CBS (2min 20sec)

March 13, 2012
Japan Airlines

With many CEOs running their businesses into bankruptcy by making questionable business decisions and indulging in ego-driven excesses, the CEO of Japan Airlines proves that Americans can learn something from others. Just as Japanese business models helped it become a [...]

Want to keep your people? Liberate them!

February 1, 2012
don't quit sign

People leave managers, not companies January 31, 2012 This is the result of a Wilson Learning research on staff retention, presented in an article on HC Online a couple of years ago. It holds true today since little has changed in [...]

Have a cause –

January 7, 2012
I could do that

If you don’t give a damn about anything, no one will give a damn about you November 30, 2011 FORBES’ has a funny section which uses “visuals to tell stories, jokes, and truths.” Recently the section published an illustrated list [...]

Isaac’s article in “Leadership Excellence”

August 7, 2011

Leaders of the Free Culture by Isaac Getz AUGUST, 2011 Truman is said to have mused about Eisenhower taking over the president’s office, issuing orders only to discover that nothing gets done in the bureaucratic swamp. But this fine politician [...]

Warren Bennis on how leaders can be creative

July 2, 2011
Warren Bennis

Watch Bennis commenting on how to make one’s organization dancing Warren Bennis October 27, 2010 Here is a famous quote by Bennis: “There are two ways of being creative. One can sing and dance. Or one can create an environment [...]

How to win the NCAA Final Four — continuously

April 2, 2011

Command-and control Bob Knight against liberating leader John Wooden Bob Knight published in WSJ (APRIL 2, 2011) his “Coach’s Guide to the Final Four” which has following tips: At all those tournaments and more, I learned that coaches have to [...]

TEDx Talk on the importance of “Why” (and not of “How”)

March 12, 2011
TEDx_logo_RGB_3650

“Why” businesses and “How” businesses — again We attribute our discovery of the importance of asking “Why” (and not “How”) for building a great business to our encounter in 2005 with Jean-François Zobrist. In 2009 we discribed the concept in [...]

Command-and-control doesn’t work in military—since the mid 19th century

January 30, 2011

The Art of Action or on the superiority of the “why” organizations over the “how” ones by Stephen Bungay Since the Industrial Revolution, it has been claimed that the command-and-control approach to running a business is an imitation of the [...]