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The worldwide success of VISA International, Dee Hock asserts, is due to its chaordic structure: it is owned by 22,000 member banks, which both compete with each other for 750 million customers and must cooperate by honoring one another's $125 trillion in transactions annually across borders and currencies.""One From Many takes the never-before-told story of how that structure came into being, and updates it for today. The book also highlights Dee Hock's evolution from humble beginnings to an iconoclast who challenged the nature of traditional organizations and management. It is the story of an entrepreneur who created a new concept of organization, brought it into being, and led it to amazing success in less than a decade. Hock is a corporate statesman who continues to carry these ideas around the world. Lyrical, humorous, powerfully thoughtful, ""One From Many tells how one man blended chaos and order in the unexpected realm of business.
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One from Many Including examples of the most prominent chaordic organisations, this book is filled with concepts, ideas and philosophy that challenge our fundamental beliefs about money, organisations, leadership, management, the human spirit and our relationship to the natural world. Full descriptionReview:
"Every now and then a book breaks through to new ground in discovery. Looking at business and innovation together, Dee Hock offers an exciting look at the role of creative thinking in a sustainable future. I was quite simply stunned at how this man broke old, staid rules in defining a new theory of social economics: accessible, personal, and deeply inspiring."
"From the military, to commerce, to the arts, our first priority is new models for effectively organizing human endeavor to match the wildly altered times. Dee Hock's One From Many is the most original and apt approach to organizing we have been offered so far. It clearly fits the 'must read, ''must absorb' category for leaders in every sector."
"Entrenched, rigid bureaucracy is the common chain around mankind in the corporate, private, and public sectors. Dee Hock knows how to replace it trans-culturally with generic, adaptable structures that breathe, innovate, respond, and recover as if reality and their loftier purposes matter first and foremost. Dee Hock's book One from Many is an organizational revolution that the world ignores at its stagnant peril."
"Reads as good as Ben & Jerry's ice cream tastes. If you care deeply about the future of people, place, or planet, be prepared for a surprise --as well as a real treat."
-Ben Cohen, President, Businessmen for Sensible Priorities, and Co-founder, Ben & Jerry's
"There are very few people who have changed the world: Dee Hock is one of them. His book is a celebration of the redesign of human ego-systems and eco-systems, including the most visceral and urgent form of communication--currency. There are very few books that can change one's life; this is one of them. A person with ideas that can change the world whose book can change your mind. I have read it twice, sent copies to my friends, and that is not enough."
-William McDonough, architect, designer, futurist; Principal, McDonough Consulting; and Professor, Cornell, Stanford, and Virginia Universities
"Dee Hock, practical visionary extraordinaire, has rearranged our mental furniture. If you think you already know how we think, organize ourselves, and achieve breakthrough results, be prepared to be surprised by this remarkable book."
-Amory B. Lovins, CEO, Rocky Mountain Institute
"Dee Hock has had a profound impact on my thinking and on my view of governance and problem-solving in America. After 24 years in elective office, including two terms as governor of Oregon, I have seen firsthand the need for the kind of new organizational structures described in this remarkable book. One From Many is a must read for anyone who is serious about meeting the challenge of institutional failure in the United States."
-John Kitzhaber, former governor of Oregon
"Dee Hock has produced a powerful, profoundly important, and beautifully written book. It is the moving personal story of a young boy growing up dirt poor in rural Utah, who went on to change the way the world does business. Here we see the mind behind the revolutionary global VISA model--a model that balances cooperation and competition in a way unlike anything ever seen before in commercial history. . . . No one knew how to approach this problem, or solve it. Someone suggested Hock. The rest is history and a rattling good story."
-Barry Sheehy, CEO, CPC Econometrics, Inc.
"Dee Hock's work will do for organization theory in the post-industrial age what the steam engine did for the industrial age."
-Bernard Lietaer, Chairman, Access Foundation, and author of The Future of Money
"One From Many is a book about organizational illness, sick leadership, and political cynicism. It is, thank God, even more a book about hope, social innovation, and down-to-earth, magical, organizational results. Mind-moving, playful, and beautifully written, it is also a compelling story of what mankind can be if we dare to be truly human. It has profoundly affected our students."
-Uffe Elbaek, Founder of the Kaospilot University, Denmark
"Dee Hock offers a vision that can transform any organization. His insights are brilliant and humane, his prescription is smart and workable. This is a book that aspiring leaders need to embrace."
-Alan M.Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company magazine
"One From Many is about a new organizational form (chaordic) for human systems in harmony with the principles of nature and life itself. Anyone who imagines living in such a future will be captivated by the wisdom of this book. It maps our journey to purposeful, life-affirming organizations essential for a sustainable future."
-Stephanie Pace Marshall, Ph.D., Founding President, Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
"The originality and profundity of Dee Hock's wisdom can and does revolutionize institutions. I can bear witness to that in terms of his counsel in the creation of the United Religions Initiative. He made it possible for URI to flourish."
-The Rt. Rev.William E. Swing, President, United Religions Initiative, Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of California
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Book Description BERRETT-KOEHLER, United States, 2005. Paperback. Condition: New. 2nd edition. Language: English. Brand new Book. Far more than a riveting inside story of the creation of VISA--now the largest commercial enterprise on earth--One from Many is an absorbing story of personal and institutional transformation. Lyrical, profound, often humorous, it explores the ever-increasing change, complex societal problems, and failing institutions that confront us all. Dee Hock chronicles the emergence of a new form of organization that blends chaos and order, which may be critical to a livable future, and shows how it is emerging in such effective organizations as VISA, the Internet, World Weather Watch, and Alcoholics Anonymous. A beautiful blend of history, biography, and philosophy, One from Many not only challenges the way we think about organizations, management, and our relationship to the natural world, it's a rollicking fine story as well. Seller Inventory # BTE9781576753323
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