Smarter Together

Growing Organizations for Velocity, Meaning and Agility

2015 Jack Ricchiuto (DesigningLife Books)
Paperback 142 p

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From the back cover ...

Imagine work without bosses and emails.

What if work was designed for optimum velocity, meaning and agility? What if we could grow organizations from a thriving culture of integrity, initiative and inclusion?

In Smarter Together, 18-time author Jack Ricchiuto draws from research, science and practice to outline how we can immediately and sustainably move from stressed command and control to smart entrepreneurial organizations where we are smarter together.

"Growing smart organizations is our deepest global social and economic opportunity."

This has totally changed the way we plan, the engagement of the team, and the direction we are taking. Truly a game-changer. Robert Schepens, CEO, Champion Personnel System 2.0


Smarter Together is about how the core difference between smart and stressed organizations is the quality of the conversations that shape everything that happens in them.

People in smart organizations work from the narrative that we are smarter together. People in stressed organizations work from the narrative that one of us can and needs to be smarter than all of us. These narratives shape the character of their conversations. Conversation is destiny.

The book outlines how smart organizations are designed for velocity, meaning and agility. Everyone becomes more entrepreneurial because they listen to their markets more deeply and engage talent more rigorously. Growing smarter organizations is vital to raising the quality of life for everyone on the planet.


   9 Invitation

  11 Context
  13 The smart imperative
  17 Smarter together
  21 Smarter conversations
  40 The 3 principles of smarter conversations
  45 The smart organization

  49 Entrepreneurship
  51 Business not as usual
  52 Empathy
  55 The entrepreneurial organization
  56 Entrepreneurial ROI
  58 Entrepreneurial risks

  61 Smart Structures
  63 Market teams
  67 Project teams
  69 Lead pairs
  70 Circles & communities
  74 Networks 

  79 Smart Tools
  81 Transparency tools
  84 Smart meetings
  88 Work agreements
  92 Talent and market mapping
  97 Smart systems

  99 Smart Culture
 101 Social agreements
 104 Engagement
 105 Creative together
 110 Happiness habits
 114 The primacy of learning 

 117 Transition
 119 The transition team
 120 Leadership
 121 Planning
 123 Reviews and compensation
 129 Resource networks

 131 The Transition Checklist

 133 The Promise of Smart Organizations

 137 About the Author