Co-author of Freedom Inc., professor Isaac Getz talks to host Dawna Jones about his research and experience with transforming companies from traditional leadership, where the boss is right, to leadership free to contribute. Most organizations deny fundamental human needs seriously limiting performance and innovation. When employees have the freedom and ability to act in the best interests of the company, performance improves. But does more freedom mean even better performance? Dr. Getz shares examples of phenomenal business results from companies whose leaders built total freedom-of-initiative organizations. These leaders understand that three universal human needs—intrinsic equality, opportunity for growth, and self-direction—must be met for all employees. To nurture and sustain the freedom culture, these leaders share their vision of the company so that employees can “own” it.
In this episode you will learn about the role of the ego as an enabler or leadership liability, why the CEO does not hold the power, a day in the life of a liberated organization, and lessons learned from over 300 liberated companies world-wide. You will also learn about the transformational journey leaders go on to leave behind the belief that they are the smartest person in the organization.
Isaac Getz, coauthor of Freedom, Inc., is a professor at the ESCP Europe Business School French campus, and was a visiting professor at Cornell and Stanford Universities and at the University of Massachusetts. He graduated in Computer Science, obtained an MS in Management Science, and PhDs in Psychology and in Management. You can find Isaac Getz at http://freedomincbook.com/
Dawna Jones, host of the Insight to Action podcast, is an author and consultant specializing in the deep dynamics of transformation at a human and organizational level. She blogs monthly for the Huffington Post Great Workplace Cultures, wrote Decision Making for Dummies, an advanced book, and she has contributed a chapter on the new purpose of business to Ervin Laszlo’s upcoming The Intelligence of the Cosmos scheduled for fall publication by Inner Traditions. You can find Dawna on Twitter EPDawna_Jones.
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