CHAPTER 10

The Franken-org

WAYS TO INCREASE THE FUNCTIONALITY OF AN ORGANIZATION AND ITS STAFF (TO DRIVE THE MISSION)

Shane Johnson © 2011.

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Principles

1. A Franken-org assembles the choicest elements—the highest-performing individuals and teams, the most impressive capabilities, and most compelling and influential partners—to form a freakishly amazing operation.

2. We must force ourselves to change, innovate, and experiment with different ways of addressing serious issues, or we won’t find the solutions that are needed.

3. People power change; your team creates the possibilities that something different will happen in the world. Organizations must determine the best approach for serving their mission, and what expertise they need to help pursue those options.

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