One person alone cannot successfully explore something
so complex and new as creating Extraordinary Organizations. It
requires a large network of individuals and organizations to provide
ideas and to act as resources to each other. Listed here are just
some of those that have proved useful in one way or another in
creating or learning how to create Extraordinary Organizations.
If you know of others that belong on this list, please contact
EO about them.
BK is without doubt the preeminent publishing resource
for materials related to creating Extraordinary Organizations
as demonstrated by its Purpose and Mission statements.
Purpose: To create a world that
works for all.
Mission: To publish new thinking
and leading-edge practice that help people make their lives
and work meaningful and productive, create healthy and effective
organizations, and promote shared prosperity, stewardship, and
economic justice in the world.
It is here that you will find the most leading-edge
thinkers and writers in the business and organizational field
such as Henry Mintzberg, Margaret Wheatley, Marjorie Kelly, and
BK founder,Steven Piersanti, has been named the
sole recipient of the 2003 “Champion of Workplace Learning
and Performance” award in recognition of leadership, advocacy
and commitment to learning and performance in the workplace. This
is the premier award given annually to corporate executives and
outsiders by ASTD (American Society for Training and Development).
ASTD is one of the largest formal associations in the world with
over 70,000 members. It is the largest association to focus on
workplace learning, training, and performance.
Tina Sung, President and CEO of ASTD personally
contacted Steve with news of the award and remarked “It
is truly fitting that you receive this award because you are a
leading advocate in the field of learning and performance and
in the field of humane, effective workplaces. As a publisher,
you bring cutting-edge thought leaders to the attention of managers,
human resources practitioners, and CEO’s. As an employer
you connect values and the bottom line -- keeping the interests
of authors, your company and its staff, suppliers and customers
ASTD gives two other major awards to practitioners.
This year both recipients are BK authors! Henry Mintzberg, widely
recognized as one of the five top management academics in the
world has been awarded “The Lifetime Achievement Award in
Workplace Learning and Performance.” Meg Wheatley has been
named the recipient of the “Distinguished Contribution to
Workplace Learning and Performance” award.
Essentially, this gives BK the clean sweep in
the biggest arena in their area of specialization! To learn more
about BK books from these two authors as well as information on
Berrett-Koehler and on-line ordering visit them at BK.
Center for Employee Ownership
NCEO has done years of pioneering work on the economic
ownership side of creating Extraordinary Organizations. From their
web site —
Welcome to the NCEO
"The single best source of information on employee ownership
anywhere in the world"
The National Center for Employee Ownership (NCEO)
is a private, nonprofit membership and research organization that
serves as the leading source of accurate, unbiased information
on employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), broadly granted employee
stock options and related programs, and ownership culture. We
are the main publisher and research source in the field, hold
dozens of workshops and conferences annually, and provide services
to our thousands of members. [To learn more visit NCEO]
The game of golf as presented by Fred Shoemaker
both in his book Extraordinary Golf, The Art of the Possible
and in his school, Extraordinary Golf SM,
presents many metaphors and lessons that can be valuable in creating
Extraordinary Organizations. Just one of these is learning to
be fully aware of what is really happening as opposed to the stories
we make up about it. Among the various schools he offers are some
especially targeted for those in business. The school can be reached
This school, started in 1968, is as close to an Extraordinary
Organization as any organization EO knows.
It has no formal leader and is governed by the School Meeting
in which each student and each staff member has one vote.
Students, ages four to nineteen, are completely responsible for
their own learning; the school has no curriculum and no grades.
"Classes" come into being when a student asks someone
else to help them learn or when someone offers to talk on a subject
with others who are interested. "Corporations", such
as the photo lab or computer corporation, that are chartered by
the School Meeting carry out various aspects of the school.
Information on the school as well as the ability
to purchase any of a number of excellent writings about the school
can be found on their web site at: