There are three types of information presented
in the information section that you will find useful in creating
any organization but especially Extraordinary Organizations.
- In the two sections of the Library
you will find copies or descriptions of various articles, books,
papers, and other items produced by EO and by others.
- In Resources
you will find links to other sites and to individuals or groups
that you may find useful.
- In E-Letter
you will find a description of the Creating
Extraordinary Organizations E-letter, a link
to archived issues,
and a signup form.
Please let us know of any items you would like
added to either the Library or the Resources. These can be items
from you, from others, or items you would like to see EO develop.
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- From EO
Organizations has developed these items. The articles are in
PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat
Reader to access them, you can download a free copy from Adobe.
Feel free to copy, use, and pass on any EO items
on this site. However, if you do pass them on, please
do so in full, complete and with the attribution and contact
information included in each piece. If you would
like to publish any of them please contact
Championship Organizations - What Business Can Learn from the
The introduction to the article reads:
Everyone in business wants to achieve success.
That means working effectively together to produce the results
that define success for any particular enterprise. If we look
at sports, both individual and team, we find a number of factors
that lead to championship playing. These same factors are also
necessary to win in the business world, but performance generally
lags well behind sports on all of them. As a business leader
it is up to you to assess your own organization on each of these
factors to see if your performance will produce the success
you want. [Read]
Championship Organizations: What Business Can Learn from the Sports
World [Short Version]
This short version was adapted from the previous
article for Employee Ownership Report a publication of
the National Center For Employee Ownership, Inc. It appeared in
the May/June 2002 issue. [Read]
for an alternative management style
This article, co-authored with Louis J. Alpinieri,
was published in 1980 in Management Review, an AMACOM
publication of the American Management
Associations. The introduction to the article describes it like
The authors of this article worked for approximately
five years to develop an alternative way to manage an organization,
which one of them headed as divisional senior vice-president.
Their project led to a method that (1) depends on the establishment
of specific organizational values and (2) draws heavily on knowledge
about organizational behavior to implement these values. Paradoxically,
what they arrived at was not a specific set of new "management
rules." Instead, they found the "alternative embodied
in the actual search" for the better managing processes.
Even though this article is over twenty years old,
you will find it describes work that would still be considered
cutting edge today. [Read]
Company Does Not Exist - Notes on the Extraordinary Organization
This article is co-authored with Mark Davis of
the Whitehouse Writers Group. Thanks to his writing ability
the ideas, which are EO's, are very well presented. It has been
published in The Sudbury Valley School Journal, and
a slightly edited version was published in the January/February
2001 issue of the Journal of Business Strategy. The
article is the first to introduce some of the beliefs that
contribute to the concept of the Extraordinary Organization. [Read]
Live Internet Radio Interview With Don
Yates on Creating Extraordinary Organizations
On August 18 Jim Warren of J D Warren Associates
interviewed Don on VoiceAmerica.com live internet radio. The
interview covers many ideas about extraordinary organizations.