The Decision Maker by Dennis Bakke
Unlock the Potential of Everyone in Your Organization, One Decision at a Time

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...an easy read that does a good job outlining the process of empowerment within a company. At the same time the book doesn’t give you all the answers—it makes you think.
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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.

In 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.
 

About Dennis Bakke

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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.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Pear Press. 225 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ekaterina Walter on Mar 03 2013

...an easy read that does a good job outlining the process of empowerment within a company. At the same time the book doesn’t give you all the answers—it makes you think.

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