ContollOpen: How Leaders Win by Letting Go

Today, Monday, May 24th , is the official launch date of Open Leadership, by Charlene Li.

Here is the introduction to the book. It includes a case study
of how the American Red Cross was able to become more open and embrace
social technologies — and in so doing, activated a distributed
fundraising machine using primarily social media.

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It’s a great overview of the book
for people who want to get a quick look.

Why do I want to read it?

  • Because of her clear and concise concepts, her Optimism and her Values: Trust and Sharing.

Traditional versus Open Leadership

  • Because of another book I recommend, The 2020 Workplace, by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd, where Charlene Li is also quoted, in Chapter One Ten Forces Shaping The Future Workplace Now.

"How can companies improve collaboration and knowledge sharing to achieve improved business results? Increasingly they are creating groundswells, a social trend whereby people use technologies to get the things they need from another, rather than from traditional institutions."

Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff, Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies.

of Contents

I – The Upside of Giving Up Control

– Why Giving Up Control is Inevitable
– The Ten Elements of Openness
II – Crafting your Open Strategy
– Determining How Open You Will Bew
– Understanding and Measuring the Benefits of Being
– Structuring Openness with Sandbox Covenenants
Part III – Open Leadership: Redefining Relationships
– Open Leadership: Mind-sets and Traits
– Nurturing Open Leadership
– The Failure Imperative
– How Openness Transforms Organizations

Summary –

Great insightful and educational book. It shares real
life how to's on the areas around openness, transparency, authenticity,
and listening. Tackles tough questions such as failure, how to handle a
curmudgeon, why your company can't be like Apple.

Real life case studies from the Red Cross, US Navy,
President Obama, United Airlines, Dell, P&G, Johnson and Johnson,
Comcast, SunTrust, Ford, Cisco, Zappos, Kaiser Permanente,
HP, Netflix, Starbucks, Best Buy, Kodak, Bank of America, Marriott."

I wish I had done like Bret L. Simmons and asked Charlene Li :-)  for a copy of her book in advance, to review it.

He's written an excellent review in his blog, Positive Organizational Behavior.

My own conclusions and questions for YOU:

I believe Charlene Li will inspire a lot of Leaders to foster Open Leadership, by acting as one the best role models for GenY Women Leaders!

What could you do to start being an Open Leader and transform Yourself and your business or your Company?

Do you know around you other leaders who act like Open Leaders?

How do they achieve that?

What do they do, how do they behave?

What are their skills?

What are their values?

Who are they when they behave this way? What's their IDENTITY?

What's their Mission?

Hoping you will join the discussion and bring us stories and examples to inspire and help next Generation Women.

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