One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization

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Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Oct 7, 2005 - Business & Economics - 307 pages
Revised edition of Hock's award-winning Birth of the Chaordic Age, updated throughout and featuring two new chapters • The only first-person account of the rise of VISA, the world's largest business enterprise--in 2004, VISA’s products were used by more than a billion people at 20 million locations in more than 150 countries • Hock, VISA’s founder, details the revolutionary "chaordic" organizational philosophy that was instrumental in VISA’s success Hock skillfully weaves together the story of VISA with his own remarkable life story and elaborates the visionary philosophy that allowed VISA to thrive. Hock calls his approach "chaordic"--simultaneously chaotic and orderly. Hock makes a compelling argument that this organizational philosophy is a more supple, responsive and creative alternative to mechanistic Industrial Age models, one more in tune with what we see in nature. One from Many--revised throughout from its original hardcover publication as The Birth of the Chaordic Age--includes two new chapters in which Hock reflects on his post-VISA experiences as an advocate for chaordic principles, and details some examples of chaordic principles in action: the Internet, World Weather Watch, Alcoholics Anonymous, and others. Lyrical, playful, philosophical, and straight from the heart, One From Many challenges us to change forever the way we think about money, organizations, leadership, management, the human spirit, and our relationship to the natural world.
 

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Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Chapter OneOld Monkey Mind
Chapter TwoA Lamb and the Lion of Life
Chapter ThreeThe Bloodied Sheep
Chapter FourRetirement on the Job
Chapter FiveThe Zoo
Chapter SixThe House of Cards
Chapter TwelveQuite Ordinary People
Chapter ThirteenThe Victims of Success
Chapter FourteenThe Golden Links
Chapter FifteenWhats in a Name?
Chapter SixteenBreaking the Mold
Chapter SeventeenThe Successful Business Failure
Chapter EighteenThe Jeweled Bearing
Chapter NineteenOut of Control and Into Order

Chapter SevenPeeling the Onion
Chapter EightThe Impossible Imagined
Chapter NineThe Next to the Last Word
Chapter TenThe Corporation or the Cane
Chapter ElevenAnd Then There Was One
Chapter TwentyThe Emergent Phenomenon
Acknowledgments
Index
About the Author
Copyright

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Dee Hock is founder and CEO emeritus of VISA. In 1991, Hock became one of thirty living Laureates of the Business Hall of Fame, and in 1992 was recognized by Money magazine as one of the eight individuals who most changed the way people live in the previous quarter century.

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