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How Alan Mulally Got Ford “Ford Tough” Again by Revamping its Culture

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Topics: The Freedom Report

Zappos Goes Flat to Avoid Being Caught Flat-Footed, and So Are Others

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Topics: The Freedom Report, Self Governance

Freedom in the Telecom Industry: Airtel, T-Mobile, and AT&T

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Topics: The Freedom Report, Freedom, Telecom

Freedom in Business: Transparency in Companies

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Topics: Transparency, The Freedom Report, Freedom

Freedom in Business: Whole Foods

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Topics: The Freedom Report, TRIP

The Freedom Report: Methodology

Seeking Freedom’s Impact
 
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Topics: The Freedom Report

The Freedom Report: Freeing the Enterprise

Make no mistake: The era of freedom is a threat to business. It does not resemble anything that we have seen before, and the governance structures, organizational models, corporate cultures, and leadership styles that proved successful in the past need to adapt. ‘Freedom From’ is being manufactured in unexpected places, and arriving at every company’s front door in unexpected ways. No organization can ignore the change that is coming— or, indeed, the change that is underway—any more than a Middle Eastern government could ignore the uprising sparked by the act of a single Tunisian fruit vendor in 2010.
 
Companies that deny this trend, that instead seek to impose more powerful controls and erect walls to keep freedom at bay, will find that their smartest minds, most loyal customers, and most valuable partners will drift away and seek freedom with others. On the other extreme, a few enterprises have already started to devote energy and resources to fostering ‘Freedom From/Freedom To’ in relationships that matter. Some have the advantage of business models born of the era of freedom, but others are old-line companies reinventing themselves for the new age.
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Topics: The Freedom Report

The Freedom Report: The Era of Freedom

The Freedom Index also measures the health of a company’s relationships. As the study shows, too many companies are missing a rich vein of potential competitive advantage in the character and creativity of employees, the values and aspirations of customers, and the innovation and flexibility of supply chain partners. With relationships based on command-and-control, this potential remains largely untapped, leaving on the table vast opportunities to improve loyalty, engagement, collaboration, innovation, and growth.
 
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Topics: The Freedom Report

The Freedom Report: Values at the Core of ‘Freedom From/Freedom To’

In the HOW Report, published in 2012, LRN found that traditional approaches to governance, culture, and leadership underperform across multiple business outcomes when compared to those that scale values-based systems. Organizations that scale such systems aspire to become self-governing, their purpose and values informing decision-making and guiding all company behavior and relationships. This brings all actors into alignment around a company’s mission and definition of significance. Leadership is distributed, and the company is focused on its long-term legacy and endurance. Values-based organizations are three times more likely to innovate and two times less likely to suffer misconduct than their more rules-bound counterparts.
 
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Topics: The Freedom Report

The Freedom Index: Measuring the Impact of Freedom

To measure how freedom impacts business performance, LRN constructed the  Freedom Index from a survey of executives at large U.S. corporations. The  Freedom Index assesses ‘Freedom From/Freedom To’ across four spheres of influence: employees, customers, supply chain partners, and community groups. It gauges the extent to which freedom animates relationships within and among those spheres.
 
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Topics: The Freedom Report