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 [...]

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

September 7, 2013
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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
Gallup

  “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
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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 [...]

A Knowledge Management Blog on Corporate Liberation

August 9, 2012
Elsua

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement By www.elsua.net   BLOG’S INTRO: This www.elsua.net post’s the author espouses the corporate liberation dear to us. He also makes a brief reference to our own work. It’s rewarding to see that Freeom Inc. [...]

Ridding of Rules — a small, useful step to freedom

August 8, 2012
Stupid rules matrix

Doing Away With Stupid Rules By LISA BODELL Wall Street Journal, Small Business, July 31, 2012 BLOG’S INTRO: The 1st step of your company’s liberation campaign is dismantling bureaucracy. And you do it to show respect for people intelligence. There [...]

Someonewhogivesadamn.com on NOT working for Google

July 30, 2012
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Why Recent Graduates Should NOT Work For Google Google is supposed to be the perfect place to start a career. Many recent surveys have pictured the search giant as the world’s most attractive employer, with famous perks as the twenty percent [...]

Deming, Total Quality, and the Fundamental Respect for People

May 26, 2012
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Edward Deming is known as the father of the quality movement. TQM became a fixeture of many industrial and non-industrial companies. Yet, according to studies two thirds of companies consider that TQM hasn’t met their expectations. Is it TQM’s or [...]

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

March 13, 2012
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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 [...]

77% of business executives: organizational bureaucracy—biggest barrier to innovation

June 24, 2011
City AM

Bureaucracy barrier to innovation CITY A.M. 23 JUNE 2011 Three quarters of business executives think bureaucracy within organisations is the biggest barrier to innovation, according to a survey by London Business School. When polled, 77 per cent of the business [...]