How "flat" should an organization really be? Zappos eliminates managers

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-09-14

Lean means getting rid of managers, developing a flat organizational structure, and abdicating all responsibilities to the front line employees. Right? Too many people just read that without twitching. But it’s wrong. That’s not lean at all. Before going too far, lean also doesn’t mean adding organizational layers. There is

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Startup CEO – learning is a key to success

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-18-13

I just completed reading Startup CEO by Matt Blumberg, CEO for the successful startup Return Path. Overall, this was an excellent book for a first-time CEO. For someone with more experience, there will be many sections of the book that is unnecessary. But beyond the more tactical advice, there is

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Best books on enlightened workforce leadership

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-12-13

IndustryWeek Editor-in-Chief Patricia Panchak wrote a blog post that caught my eye: The Best Books on Enlightened Workforce Management. Of course, enlightened is a tough word because it can mean different things to different people. Here’s her list of what she calls “old faithfuls”. I love Max DePree, some of

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