Birth of the Chaordic Age

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 1999 - Business & Economics - 345 pages
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This is the story of how VISA International was conceived, founded and established. It challenges the ideas and radical philosophy about the nature of the world, the role of money and organizations in the world, reinventing leadership and management, and transforming business and society.Written by the founder, president, and CEO emeritus of VISA International, this is the story of how VISA International was conceived, founded and established.It is also the life story of Dee Hock, a maverick banker who put his own wild ideas into practice to create something the likes of which the world had never seen. This text challenges the ideas and radical philosophy about the nature of the world, the role of money and organizations in the world, reinventing leadership and management, and transforming business and society.
 

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Solid book. The most important chaotic principles are found in the middle of the book, as Dee develops Visa into what it became. It began to tail off by the end, but his writing and explanations are fantastic

Contents

In Search of a More Liveable World
1
On the Nature and Creation of Chaordic Organizations
5
Old Monkey Mind
15
A Lamb and the Lion of Life
31
The Bloodied Sheep
47
Retirement on the Job
63
Ordinary People Extraordinary Things
81
The House of Cards
97
Quite Ordinary People
195
The Victim of Success
215
The Golden Links
231
Whats in a Name?
249
The Process Opens
269
The Jeweled Bearing
285
The Odyssey
303
Then Providence Moved Too
313

Nothing to Lose
113
The Impossible Imagined
127
The Next to the Last Word
145
The Corporation or the Cane?
165
And Then There Was One
179
What Can You Do?
321
About the Chaordic Alliance
323
A Sample of Chaordic Alliance Participation in the Creation of New Chaordic Organizations
327
Index
333
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About the author (1999)

Hock lead The Chaordic Alliance, a nonprofit organization committed to the formation of practical, innovative organizations that blend competition and cooperation to address critical societal issues.

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