Reinventing Management for
Growth in a Rapidly Changing World

A New Book From Rod Collins

It's a brave, new hyper-connected world… We now live in a "wiki" world where mass collaboration is not only possible—it's often the best solution. Conventional management thought assumes that command-and-control is the most effective way to organize the efforts of large numbers of people, but rapid change and increasing complexity have rendered that model obsolete. As a result, most managers today lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an age when networks are proving smarter and faster than hierarchies. Designing organizations for mass collaboration demands a new and very different model—wiki management.

Featuring enlightening examples from forward-thinking companies including Google, Whole Foods, Linux, and Wikipedia, Wiki Management outlines the revolutionary but necessary steps companies must take to:

Leverage their collective intelligence • Effectively integrate diverse points of view • Transition leaders from the role of “boss” to that of facilitator • Make delighting customers more important than pleasing superiors • Achieve a shared and actionable understanding of the key drivers of business success.

The power of networks is dramatically reshaping both the work we do—and the way we work. This groundbreaking book reveals what is takes to succeed in this fast-paced and exciting business environment.

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Rod Collins

Rod Collins is the Director of Innovation at Optimity Advisors, a national management consulting firm. Rod is leading expert on the next generation of business management. He works with forward thinking executives who understand that managing great change means changing how we manage. Rod helps business leaders leverage the power of innovation and collaboration to drive extraordinary performance and to master the challenges of a world reshaped by the sudden and unprecedented combination of accelerating change and escalating complexity.

Rod is the former Chief Operating Executive of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program, one of the nation's largest and most successful business alliances, which today has over $28 billion in annual revenues. Under his leadership, the business experienced its greatest five-year growth period in its 52-year history, as year after year, it set new records for operational and financial performance.

Rod is also the author of the upcoming book, Wiki Management: A Revolutionary New Model for a Rapidly Changing and Collaborative World (AMACOM Books, November 1, 2013). His previous book, Leadership in a Wiki World: Leveraging Collective Knowledge to Make the Leap to Extraordinary Performance, won the 2011 EVVY book award for Business/Finance.

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Wiki Management

"How do you lead when the world is changing much faster than your organization?" and "How do you effectively manage in increasingly complex markets when you discover that methods and practices that have always delivered predictable results aren’t working anymore?" These are the questions challenging every business leader in our unprecedented times. Rod Collins' high impact presentation answers these questions by sharing the secrets and the practices of a new breed of innovative leaders who are reinventing the rules of management. A fast-changing and increasingly complex world is not necessarily unmanageable; it just needs to be managed differently.

Conventional management thought assumes that command-and-control is the most effective way to organize the efforts of large numbers of people, but rapid change and increasing complexity have rendered that model obsolete. As a result, most managers today lack the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in an age when networks are proving smarter and faster than hierarchies. Designing organizations to succeed in a time of great change demands a new and very different model—Wiki Management. Discover the five core disciplines of the revolutionary new twenty-first century management system used by today’s most successful business leaders to sustain extraordinary performance in a rapidly changing and collaborative world.

To book Rod as a speaker for your organization, please contact:

Jessica Wilson
Optimity Advisors
202-368-2462
jessica.wilson@optimityadvisors.com

Leadership in a Wiki World

It's a brave new hyper-connected world. We now live in a "wiki" world where mass collaboration is not only possible—it’s often the best solution. A recent survey of more than 1,700 chief executive officers found that collaboration is the number-one trait that CEOs are seeking in their employees. Increasingly, business leaders are recognizing that employee collaboration is the key essential for building the connected workforces they need to keep pace with a more connected economy. They are also discovering that, if they want to succeed in our new wiki world, they need to know how to effectively lead collaborative networks.

In this highly engaging presentation, Rod Collins describes the innovative new rules for effective leadership in a wiki world, drawing upon his own experience as a former chief executive in using the power of collaboration to lead a complex business alliance to unprecedented operational and financial results. No matter what you or your organization do, this presentation will give you valuable insights into how today's most successful business leaders are leveraging the revolutionary opportunities of a hyper-connected world to transform their businesses, connect with their customers, and outperform their competitors in our fast-changing times.



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WIKI MANAGEMENT

The hardcover 240 page book is published by AMACOM publishing, publishing imprint of American Management Association.

The Book Wiki Management can be ordered from several online sources.

For bulk orders please contact:
AMACOM Customer Service
(800) 250-5308
(518) 891-2372
pubservice@amanet.org

About AMACOM
AMACOM is the book publishing division of the American Management Association. AMACOM’s broad range of offerings spans not only the critical business topics and leadership challenges of today and tomorrow, but also the issues that affect our lives, our work, and our world.

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