Based on proven concepts developed by the authors and employed in organizations such as Hyatt Hotels and Malcolm Baldridge award winner Eastman Chemical, The Age of the Network reveals how today's leaders can create organizations and teams that are defined by speed, agility, and a web of interconnected relationships. From Eastman Chemical's "pizza and pepperoni" organization to Al Gore's National Performance Review, leaders are learning the incredible value of creating "links" inside and outside their organization.
The Age of the Network delivers a rich array of advice and insights for starting the vital process of creating a networked enterprise. Lipnack and Stamps show managers how to focus on five essential teamnet (networks of teams) principles which include establishing a clear purpose and creating communication links. Next, they offer a guided tour describing how organizations can turn these principles into practice and evaluate their real potential for creating a networked organization.
Leaders are challenged to create "islands of trust" through the careful design and development of networked teams. This new "social capital" will be essential to maintaining the critical connections in every networked organization. Lipnack and Stamps also offer a glimpse of the future in the current trends driving change in almost every enterprise. Their advice on navigating rapid change will give leaders new insights on sustaining their networked organizations well into the 21st century.
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