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Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization

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Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization

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This book introduces a very different approach to overcoming competition in a global economy. The only source of lofty and sustained competitive advantage is the ability to push beyond empowerment into the demanding, yet rewarding, frontier or true self-management.
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Imagine a consequential company with no human bosses, designated managers, titles, hierarchy, visible authority or unilateral authority to fire anyone. Imagine such a company gaining ascendancy in its industry-organized solely around shared principles of freedom and self-management. Imagine a company held together by its principles, mission, processes and a culture of learning and coaching. This book is the story of such a company.

Going Beyond Empowerment means people have all the power they need from the very moment they join a company—regardless of their level of responsibility or complexity. They are immune from threats or coercion. They are free to seek any needed resources and relationships on their own initiative. They are free to develop themselves and advance organizational learning. Ultimately they are responsible for results to themselves, their peers and the organization's mission.

Beyond Empowerment introduces a very different approach to competition in a global economy. Patents expire. Trade secrets leak. Competitors replicate superior business practices. Systems and talent are fungible. The only source of lofty and sustained competitive advantage is the ability to push beyond empowerment into the demanding, yet rewarding, frontier or true self-management.

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ISBN 978-0615470146
Publication Date August 2011
Author Doug Kirkpatrick
Format Paperback
Page Count 158
Manufacturer Celestia Group
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