Surf on over to Amazon and pre-order your copy of Open Leadership, the forthcoming book from Groundswell co-author, Charlene Li. It comes out May 24, but I scored a preview copy which I just finished. I would go so far as to call this a must-read for every association executive. Here’s a little description from the book jacket:
“Open Leadership reveals step-by-step, with illustrative case studies and examples from a wide-range of industries and countries, how to bring the precision of this new openness to both inside and outside the organization. The author includes suggestions that will help an organization determine an open strategy, weigh the benefits against the risk, and have a clear understanding of the implications of being open. The book also contains guidelines, policies, and procedures that successful companies have implemented to manage openness and ensure that business objectives are at the center of their openness strategy.”
Time and again while reading this book, I was reminded of specific situations and growing pains that we’ve helped clients through. Charlene’s case study examples very clearly illustrate the challenges and potential solutions. I think folks in social media circles might criticize the case studies, since they’re mostly well-covered by others. But I think Charlene adds a very pragmatic analysis that is valuable for folks who are trying to apply these lessons inside their own organization.
And of course, it’s awesome to see our friend Wendy Harman from the American Red Cross featured prominently.
If you’ve been following some of our recent posts on building a social organization–even if you don’t agree with much of it–Open Leadership will be a useful deep-dive.