Open Leadership: How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead

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"Open Leadership is a bold book with an even bolder agenda, dealing directly with the tensions between openness and order. Charlene Li skillfully describes the strategies and tactics that will enable leaders to thrive in this new culture. The book is a masterwork and it belongs on every manager's desktop and in every business school classroom. You need to know how to thrive in a world where openness is the new normal, and this is the book that will tell you how."—Jim ...

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Overview

People Are Talking About Open Leadership

"Open Leadership is a bold book with an even bolder agenda, dealing directly with the tensions between openness and order. Charlene Li skillfully describes the strategies and tactics that will enable leaders to thrive in this new culture. The book is a masterwork and it belongs on every manager's desktop and in every business school classroom. You need to know how to thrive in a world where openness is the new normal, and this is the book that will tell you how."—Jim Kouzes, coauthor, The Leadership Challenge and The Leader's Legacy

"If you work for a major brand or even a minor one, you're probably scared to death. After all, if you're a top-down organization, the Internet is not your friend. Here's a tip: Buy two copies of Charlene's new book, one for your boss and one for you."—Seth Godin, author, Linchpin

"Are you befriended by Facebook or do you tremble at Twitter? Love it or fear it, you need new leadership strategies to master today's socially networked world. Charlene Li's knowledgeable, practical, and engaging book shows how to cope and conquer while letting go of command and control. Open Leadership is the right idea at the right time, full of important role models and guideposts for the future."—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, professor, Harvard Business School; director of the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative; and author, Confidence and SuperCorp

"Charlene makes it clear: Open up or die. No matter where you are on the open curve, Charlene's book will transform your thinking and ignite change."—Guy Kawasaki, Co-founder, Alltop

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470597262
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 813,588
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Charlene Li

Charlene Li is founder of the Altimeter Group and the coauthor (with Josh Bernoff) of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell. She is one of the foremost experts on social media and technologies, and is a consultant and independent thought leader on leadership, strategy, social technologies, interactive media, and marketing. Formerly, Li was vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research and a consultant with Monitor Group. She was named one of The 12 Most Creative Minds of 2008 by Fast Company, and one of the Most Influential Women in Technology 2009. To follow Charlene and to get a number of free resources to help you start transforming the way you lead, visit open-leadership.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

I The Upside of Giving Up Control.

1 Why Giving Up Control Is Inevitable.

2 The Ten Elements of Openness.

II Crafting Your Open Strategy.

3 Determining How Open You Will Be.

4 Understanding and Measuring the Benefits of Being Open.

5 Structuring Openness with Sandbox Covenants.

6 Orchestrating Your Open Strategy.

III Open Leadership: Redefining Relationships.

7 Open Leadership: Mind-sets and Traits.

8 Nurturing Open Leadership.

9 The Failure Imperative.

10 How Openness Transforms Organizations.

Endnotes.

Acknowledgments.

The Author.

Index.

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  • Posted June 1, 2010

    Are you ready for Open Leadership?"

    From co-authoring Groundswell, to founding Altimeter Group, and now in her newest book Open Leadership, it is clear that Charlene Li is one of today's leading thinkers in the evolution of business.

    In Open Leadership How Social Technology Can Transform the Way You Lead, Li goes well beyond the hype of social media and discusses how to transform your organization to lead in the 21st century. This book is a must read for every executive who remains skeptical to the advantages that being open can offer. She provides practical advice, clear thinking and you'll find that Li's writing is intelligent, guiding, and packed with truth and direction.

    Early on Li breaks down and discusses what all executives fear about the open web - giving up control. And presents the argument that by conceding and doing so, you actually put yourself and your organization in a position to gain more - with your customers, employees, and partners.

    Li puts the focus on how open you need to be, but she does not force your hand in Open Leadership. She does not prescribe one path, nor tell you what not to do. Rather she suggests that it is your decision to determine the depth and breadth of your openness, as well as defining the boundaries and policies that will govern your organization.

    In one of the numerous examples and interviews that litter the book, Li describes her time on the USS Nimitiz and uncovers a US Navy that is "open in some ways but not at all in others." They promote a culture of openness and sharing and at the same time adhere to strict rules for decision making and operations. There are numerous examples like this that make the read both enjoyable and educational. Each one provides insight to help you begin thinking about how to make your organization more open, and how you can succeed as an open leader.

    Bottom line Open Leadership is a must read. Li gives you the framework, complete with audits, checklists, assessment tests, and online resources at www.open-leadership.com to begin your needed transformation.

    The question is "Are you ready for Open Leadership?"

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