The Decision Maker
Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time
Who makes the important decisions in your organization? Strategy, product development, budgeting, compensation-such key decisions typically are made by company leaders. That's what bosses are for, right? But maybe the boss isn't the best person to make the call.
That's the conclusion Dennis Bakke came to, and he used it to build AES into a Fortune 200 global power company with 27,000 people in 27 countries. He used it again to create Imagine Schools, the largest non-profit charter-school network in the U.S.
As a student at Harvard Business School, Bakke made hundreds of decisions using the case-study method. He realized two things: decision-making is the best way to develop people; and that shouldn't stop at business school. So Bakke spread decision-making throughout his organizations, fully engaging people at all levels. Today, Bakke has given thousands of people the freedom and responsibility to make decisions that matter.
The Decision Maker, a leadership fable loosely based on Bakke's experience, the
New York Times bestselling author shows us how giving decisions to the people closest to the action can transform any organization.
The idea is simple.
The results are powerful.
When leaders put real control into the hands of their people, they tap incalculable potential.
The Decision Maker, destined to be a business classic, holds the key to unlocking the potential of every person in your organization.
Dennis Bakke is the co-founder of Imagine Schools. He is the author of the
New York Times bestseller
Joy at Work: A Revolutionary Approach to Fun on the Job. Bakke previously co-founded and served as the president and CEO of AES, a Fortune 200 global power company. He lives with his wife in Arlington, VA.
"Smart organizations are beginning to recognize that the secret to engagement is to provide employees ample autonomy, the opportunity to make progress, and a sense of purpose. Dennis Bakke brings these principles to life in a modern business fable with ample lessons for building successful organizations from the ground up."
-- Daniel Pink, author of DRIVE and TO SELL IS HUMAN "Companies are fond of saying their greatest asset is their people, yet few companies operate as if this is the case. In this engaging story, Bakke shows us how to unlock the latent potential that exists in any organization."
-- Tim Jenkins, co-founder, Point B Management Consultants "The work's engaging style is sure to inspire and captivate leaders and managers who wish to transform not only their businesses but also their employees' lives."
-- Publishers Weekly "There are many things to like about Dennis Bakke's latest book, "The Decision Maker" .It is insightful, it is well-written, it is a breeze of fresh air in the management literature. Bakke's principles are simple--share the power, and let people have fun making decisions--but like it is often the case, these simple principles can have a groundbreaking impact. Read "The Decision Maker" and change your outdated conceptions of what management ought to be."
-- Frederic Godart, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, INSEAD "Imagine an organization where bosses don't make decisions. Sounds crazy, right? Read "The Decision Maker" and you'll be surprised and inspired to try it for yourself. It's a must-read/must-try for everyone -- leaders, managers, and individual contributors in any organization. It just might be the solution that reconciles generational and attitudinal gaps in the workplace today."
-- Atsuko Tamura, la presidente and CEO, evo