Amazon Best Seller
Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, German Translations
Amazon Best Seller
Spanish, Italian, French, Chinese, German Translations

"In March of 2009, I rented a condo on the beach in Kauai and spent ten long days listening to the crashing waves, eating fish tacos and writing Beyond EmpowermentWhen finished, I walked across the road to the local Fedex Office, printed it out and took a deep breath. 

At the time, I didn’t know that it would eventually be published by six publishers in five languages, or that I’d be sitting at a conference table with a university leadership team and listening to their stories about how the book changed their lives.


The book is about organizational self-management. As I write in the book, self-management is beyond empowerment. Self-management is power itself."

AbOUT THE AUTHOR

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx speaker, executive coach, author, and educator. He recently released his third book, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Workan Amazon bestseller with Forbes Books, and is Founder and CEO of D’Artagnan Advisors, helping companies embrace the future of work. A member of the Forbes Speakers network, he has served as a director on a number of boards including the Association for Talent Development (ATD), the world’s largest talent development association with 35,000+ members in 120 countries, and the Leadership Institute for Development, Education and Research (LiDER) to develop leaders throughout the Americas.

Doug began his career in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller. He now engages with VibrancyOpen Leadership NetworkGreat Work CulturesSemco Style Institute, People-Centric Organizations, Business Agility InstituteResponsive and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.

His books include Amazon bestsellers Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organizationnow available in six languages, and From Hierarchy to High Performance: Unleashing the Hidden Superpowers of Ordinary People to Realize Extraordinary Results.

Vicky Herts

5.0 out of 5 stars A fable of Self Organization and then real examples

A beautifully written fable that highlights the challenges & successes of shifting to Self Organization, including the personal impact that many other authors omit. The array of real world examples cemented my understanding.

Vicky Herts
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Kevin Crenshaw

5.0 out of 5 stars If Traditional Top-Down Management Frustrates You, You Need to Read This

An absolute must-read for anyone frustrated by traditional, top-down organizations. Beyond Empowerment reveals why traditional management is inefficient and shows you a simple blueprint for something better: focused self-management. Self-managed organizations create freedom for everyone, they eliminate the "management tax," they prevent abuse of power, and they eliminate the waste and friction of politics. They build almost-unbeatable organizations that spot their problems and opportunities, act quickly, and stay focused on their missions. This book uses the famous Morning Star approach as its model, which is brilliant in its simplicity. Everything stems from two basic principles of civil society: 1) keep your commitments, and 2) don't use force. The remaining principles and tools flow neatly from these, like an elegant geometric proof. These include: freedom to act; no (unilateral) command authority (including firing); elimination of self-serving titles; universal mutual accountability; direct problem resolution; values and principles to safely guide independent action; a Colleague Accountability Agreement that creates natural, fluid structure in the organization; personal missions and metrics in support of the company mission; onboarding training to start new colleagues out right; a coaching and mentoring culture to build and maintain the culture and develop colleagues; and a process-oriented mindset so subtly built in that continuous process improvement is easy but inevitable. The book includes a sample accountability agreement and other supporting tools, procedures, and ideas to help you make the change yourself. This approach may sound naive and heretical to a lot of people. Therefore, case studies are included at the end to show that variations of these concepts (and even this specific implementation) are proven over decades. Of course, there are limits to self-management: 1) Doug points out here (and in his TEDx talk) that self-management may not work if you have a lot of low-initiative or high-controlling workers/managers. You'll first need a model that transforms your culture from command-and-control to initiative and ownership, then you can consider the leap to self-management. 2) It's unclear whether this approach can work in a subset (department) of a larger organization since higher management could use force at any time and disrupt the ecosystem of trust and mutual responsibility. The book only describes a process for transforming an entire organization at once, from the C-suite to the front lines. Beyond Empowerment is a quick read that will leave you thinking for years.

Kevin Crenshaw
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open24hours

5.0 out of 5 stars Shows how we are meant to work together in companies

Deep insights. Easy to read.

open24hours
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John E.

5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars

good

John E.
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Suzanne Daigle

5.0 out of 5 stars Bossless but not Leaderless

This book is an invitation to walk in the shoes of how this bossless company evolved to become what it is. It’s a book whose time has come – from outlier to mainstream. It makes the case that with freedom comes leadership of the best kind, from everywhere in the company and not just at the top. Doug Kirkpatrick, the author of Beyond Empowerment, has done a masterful job in telling the essence of the story of Morning Star portrayed here as BerryWay. We can see the same values and principles of companies like W.L. Gore and Sun Hydraulics who each have a proven track record showing the merits of what a principled self-managed flat structure, a process mindset and a commitment to excellence can do, sustainably over the long term. Thoughtful, detailed and deliberate, one gets a real sense of the human side of moving from a traditional command control hierarchical model to self-management; from the perspective of senior and middle management and also as a line employee. Taking this on is not a walk in the park but as we discover, it’s a journey worth taking. Gary Hamel in The Future of Management and What Matters most and then more recently, Frederic Laloux in Reinventing Organizations, have made a solid case for moving in this direction. Doug gives us a look and feel of what it looks like to do this step by step in terms of culture and execution.

Suzanne Daigle
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Mr. V

5.0 out of 5 stars Empowered people are the healthy part of any organizational structure.

Phenomenal book. Should be added as part of fundamental business management courses. Don't believe me? Give it a read to understand why I'm willing to make such a statement.

Mr. V
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Steve

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Both concise and insightful.

Doug Kirkpatrick writes an engaging story of how to dramatically change how organizations are ran. It is even more amazing when you find out that it based on a true company and actual experiences. It challenges conventional wisdom and offers a way to engage employees in a deeper and more meaningful way than the old command and control approaches. What is most interesting is how this approach achieves much deeper accountability than traditional methods. If you are an exhausted manager, I recommend that you read this book and consider the possibilities.

Steve
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Tim Scudder

5.0 out of 5 stars Useful

I read the author's article in T+D magazine about self-management at the Morning Star Company, which was also featured on the cover of the December 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review (article titled: First, Let's Fire All the Managers). This book adds detailed, practical information that is way beyond the scope of the magazine articles - and a pleasant story puts it all in context.

Tim Scudder
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Tim Ward

5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way to live and work together in life! We are all people!

I have been working with business people for nearly 20 years toward being and doing what is written in this book. I am SO thankful to Doug Kirkpatrick for bringing a clear explanation of what this looks like to live and work and enjoy both together! If everyone in your organization was fully engaged now it would benefit you by . . . . ____________? To find out read and do what Doug has written here!

Tim Ward
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Ken Everett

5.0 out of 5 stars It works!

This book is important because, although it is fiction, it is based on facts. Fact 1: Self-management can and does work--and this is an uncomfortable fact for many. Fact 2: The Morning Star Company (on which it is loosely based) is a real example. Fact 3: The author's experience at Morning Star informs the 'fiction'.

Ken Everett
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“Here’s my question: Who am I going to pick to run the new company?” Todd asked rhetorically, knowing that his colleagues already knew the answer.

“In an environment of freedom, you know how to do your own job better than anyone else, and you should be free to make it better. In an environment of freedom, you should be able to talk to anyone in the enterprise about anything having to do with the enterprise. In an environment of freedom, there should be absolutely no barriers to pursuing your mission and the mission of the enterprise to the best of your ability. Finally, in a free environment, there should be no barriers to any of you becoming whatever you wish to be,” Todd concluded. “I want to see a workplace where anyone can achieve their dreams, whatever they may be, regardless of position.”

“Well, if it’s not good enough for them here, they’re already free,” Scott opined. “They’re free to quit!” A smattering of attendees chuckled at the comment. “Why would anyone need more freedom than that?” Scott continued.

Todd locked eyes with Scott and replied slowly and firmly. “Because freedom in the workplace is the most efficient, effective, and profitable way to operate, and because it’s the way people really live in their own personal lives,” he said.

~ from Chapter Four, Challenges and Conflicts