How : Why How We Do Anything Means Everything

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  • Edition: Revised
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2011-09-21
  • Publisher: Wiley

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With a new introduction from Dov and new foreword from the illustrious William Jefferson Clinton, Seidman enhances HOW for an even more global, wired, and changing world. It has never been more important to differentiate yourself from competition that is quick to reverse engineer your products or services and deliver them even cheaper. "How" you do what you do is what will lead to enduring success - in retaining the best employees, achieving efficiencies that directly improve your bottom line, meaningful partnerships that see growth, and more. Creating a worldview based on values instead of using carrots and sticks or trying to manage vast organizations through command and control will accelerate momentum, create passion, and put you and your business or career on an exciting track for significance beyond temporary success. This updated edition also provides guidance to help you distinguish between what you have the right to do and what is right, and show you where to turn for help in this new global economy.

Author Biography

Dov Seidman's professional career has focused on how companies and their people can operate in both a principled and profitable way. He is the founder and CEO of LRN. Since 1994, LRN has helped hundreds of companies simultaneously navigate complex legal and regulatory environments and foster ethical cultures. In 2008, LRN acquired environmental innovation firm GreenOrder. Today, LRN operates globally and reaches, works with, and helps shape winning organizational cultures inspired by sustainable values in hundreds of companies with over 20 million people working in more than 100 countries around the world. Fortune magazine called Dov the "hottest advisor on the corporate virtue circuit" and he was also named one of the "Top 60 Global Thinkers of the Last Decade" by the Economic Times. Dov became the exclusive corporate sponsor of the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity Prize in Ethics in 2008. He is a Harvard Law School graduate who also earned a bachelor's and master's degree in moral philosophy from UCLA and a BA with honors in philosophy, politics, and economics from Oxford University.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

Preface xiii

Prologue: Making Waves 1

Part I: How We Have Been, How We Have Changed 13

Introduction: The Spaces between Us

CHAPTER 1: From Land to Information 17

Lines of Communication.

Getting Flattened.

CHAPTER 2: Technology's Trespass 25

The Ties That Bind Us.

Distance Unites Us.

Can You Hear Me.


The Age of Transparency.

The Persistence of Memory.

The Information Jinni Is Out of the Lamp.

CHAPTER 3: The Journey to HOW 41

Just Do It.

The Certainty Gap.

The Limitations of Rules.

Outbehaving the Competition.

How We Go Forward.

Part II: How We Think 57

Introduction: The Paradox of Journey.

CHAPTER 4: Playing to Your Strengths 63


You Can Judge a Book by Its Cover.

Looking Out for Number Two.

The Evolution of What Is Valuable.

Believe It.

CHAPTER 5: From Can to Should 81

Rules as Proxies.

Dancing with Rules.

On the Tip of Your Tongue.

Unlocking Should.

Risk and Reward.

CHAPTER 6: Keeping Your Head in the Game 103


Small Lapses, Large Costs.


Doing Consonance.


Putting It in the Whole.

Part III: How We Behave 125

Introduction: How We Do What We Do.

CHAPTER 7: Doing Transparency 129

Beyond Proxies and Surrogates.


The Market Defines You.

Say You Are Sorry.

Interpersonal Transparency.

Sig, Don't Zag.

CHAPTER 8: Trust 157

The Soft Made Hard.

How High Is the Ceiling?

Going on a TRIP.


Doing Trust.

Trust Is the Drug.

Trust, but Verify.

CHAPTER 9: Reputation, Reputation, Reputation 181

Reputation in a Wired World.

Reputational Capital.

Mismanaging Reputation Management.

A Second Chance.

Part IV: How We Govern 209

Introduction: Innovating in HOW.

CHAPTER 10: Doing Culture 215

The Sum of All HOWs.

The Spectrum of Culture.

The Four Types of Culture.

Five HOWs of Culture.

CHAPTER 11: The Case for Self-Governing Cultures 241

Self-Governance on the Shop Floor.

Freedom Is Just Another Word.

Taking Culture for a Test-Drive.

Closing Gaps.

Values in Action.

A Journey to Culture.

Why Self-Governance Is the Future of Business.

CHAPTER 12: The Leadership Framework 267


Walking the Talk.

The First Five HOWs of Leadership.

Circles in Circles (A Thought).

The Leadership Framework, Continued.

Afterword 299

HOWs Matter 305

Acknowledgments 307

Notes 315

Selected Bibliography 331

Index 337

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