What is an UNBOSS? Quite simply a person that not only manages his or her employees, but a person that inspires, engages and involves stakeholders such as customers, suppliers, users, members and others (the Unlimited organization).  A person that inspires his or her organization to do amazing things. The UNBOSS keeps the (unlimited) organization focused on the cause rather than structures, procedures, statistics and the like. The UNBOSS provides vision and direction, which is the basis for freedom for the individual co-worker. The UNBOSS invites dialogue; you seldom doubt what his or her opinion is, but the UNBOSS listens and engages with stakeholders.

We know many examples of UNBOSSes or at least people who act like UNBOSSes in particular aspects of their work. But you and your colleagues know more examples. Please share them with us. Tell us about a person who you think deserves the title of UNBOSS. It could be a well-known person such as Barack Obama, Larry Page or Nelson Mandela, but it could also be someone only few of us know. Share the story by writing a comment!

Bogen modtog i dag fem hjerter i Politiken af Kresten Schultz Jørgensen. Han skriver blandt andet:

“En bog, der beder os unbosse virksomheder og hele nationer? Kan man overhovedet tage den slags studentersnak alvorligt? Det bør man. […] Hos Bøtter og Kolind trækkes analysen direkte ind på direktionsgangen i en sproglig eksplosion, der vel sagtens kunne være hundrede sider kortere, men egentlig er turen værd, fordi hver side er sprængfyldt af en slags Blachmansk energiprosa: Karl Marx har sejret ad helvede til, spræng kontorlokalerne i luften, smid de golfspillende bosser ud ad vinduet.”

Anmeldelsen er endnu ikke lagt på nettet, men findes i dagens bogtillæg.

Stolt har man som forfatter lov til at være når man modtager seks stjerner i en landsdækkende avis.

Ulla Bechsgaard skriver bl.a. i sin anmeldelse af UNBOSS:

“Superspændende er bogen og tillige lækker at have fat på. Godt sat op, nem at overskue og rar at røre ved. […] Unboss er en ny tankegang, ikke en ny ledelsesteknik. […] Unboss vil være en bevægelse. De gammeldags bosser skal træde til side og give plads, så medarbejderne kan tage føringen. At skabe bevægelser, hvor medarbejdere og kunder er partnere. […] Budskabet er godt leveret.”

I am a capitalist. I fundamentally believe that financial gain is a very healthy driver for initiative, hard work and prosperity. I love to make money, and I love to spend it too. I also fully accept that capitalism has it’s limits; thus society must regulate and cultivate capitalism so that we can continue to benefit from it; however avoiding the negative side effects.

Being a capitalist, how can I argue that the best way to run any business is to put purpose before profit? I have two reasons; one is financial and the other ideological.

Putting purpose before profit simply makes good business sense from an financial point of view. If I genuinely focus everything my company does on doing good to our customers, I become a really valuable partner to them. They will come back, they will love dealing with us and they will tell their family and friends. In fact not only customers will love us. The media and public authorities such as regulators will love us as well because we are an honest, genuine and highly valuable part of the business community. We will sell more and we will make more money. That is the essence of a financially sound business. That is what UNBOSS is about.

Personally, I also have another agenda, which is ideological. I am keen to leave the world a better place to be, as the late Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting, phrased it one hundred years ago. I am also inspired as a Christian, where we see the world as something God has trusted us to take care of; obviously with the expectation that we leave it in a better condition to the next generation. To me, that is also what UNBOSS is about.

Can you follow my reasoning? Do you agree? What do you think about capitalism and UNBOSS? Write a comment and be part of the dialogue.