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One from Many: VISA and the Rise of Chaordic Organization Paperback – October 7, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-1576753323 ISBN-10: 1576753328 Edition: First Printing

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  • Paperback: 307 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; First Printing edition (October 7, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576753328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576753323
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dee Hock’s insights are brilliant and humane, his prescription is smart and workable. -- Alan M. Webber, Founding Editor, Fast Company magazine

I was quite simply stunned at how this man broke old, staid rules…Accessible, personal, and deeply inspiring. -- Robert Redford

One From Many is an organizational revolution that the world ignores at its stagnant peril. -- Ralph Nader

The most original approach to organizing we have been offered. It fits the ‘must-read,’ ‘must-absorb’ category for leaders. -- Tom Peters

About the Author

Dee Hock is founder and CEO emeritus of VISA. In 1968 he developed the concept of a global system for the exchange of value and a unique new concept of organisation for that purpose. In 1970 he founded the company that became VISA. He is currently founder and CEO of The Chaordic Alliance, a nonprofit organisation committed to the formation of practical, innovative organisations.

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It is absolutely incredible what they did.
oneworld 4149
The history of his incredible involvement with the rise of VISA only sets the stage for a fascinating look at the future as it "might become and ought to be".
Eric Olinger
I really hope this book will have equal impact on how we manage our lives and businesses.
T. Boves

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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Robert David STEELE Vivas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 28, 2007
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I read a lot, a solace and a life line out of the madness of today. I finished up my week-end with this most unusual gem, and it is with some emotion that I put it down and take the time to write this review.

In my lifetime, there have been fewer than four individuals able to understand me and manage me, and Dee Hock now joins that number, sight unseen. This is one of the *good guys*! If he and Bill Bradley and Jim Turner (Transpartisanship) can come together, we can remake the world.

The book benefits from a Foreword by Peter Senge, who notes that VISA as it emerged was a disruptive concept that threatened traditional powers. Senge also notes the importance of distinguishing between enabling technologies, such as the Internet, and what is enabled, such as democracy or equitable wealth creation and sharing. Finally, Senge observes that global complexity requires distributed democracy, to which I and the author would both be quick to add: "and moral capitalism."

The book is at root about the failure of all of our instititutions, and the need to find a third way between over-bearing centralization and anarchic decentralization. The author coins the word "chaordic" to deswcribe an even-handed and often-changing balance between the two.

Dee Hock is a philosopher-king, and I am reminded of "Voltaire's Bastards" and "Consilience" as I read his denouncement of the Western concept of separability and his own understanding that complexity is about never-ending and alway-changing relationships.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. W. Broad on December 30, 2007
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When I saw this new recommendation from Amazon, I was thrilled. I loved Birth of the Chaordic Age, and was eager to learn what new wisdom Dee has to share with us. I checked out the reviews and table of contents and was disappointed to see that One from Many ... is the same book under a new title. Too bad.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eric Olinger on October 16, 2005
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Dee Hock is not only a great story teller but also a "future teller". The history of his incredible involvement with the rise of VISA only sets the stage for a fascinating look at the future as it "might become and ought to be". Very much worth the read for anyone vested with leadership and/or innovation in any organization (which is everyone).

The one story not told is how the book was made to come about. After reading of Dee Hocks life experience it seems that it is simply "how it ought to be".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William Corsair on July 25, 2009
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Dee Hock is a masterful storyteller, with none of the snarky, ironic stuff that passes today for insight and understanding. And, after all, human beings are nothing without stories. Stories, whether you call them myths, beliefs, religion, cultural identity, community, whatever, are what defines our worldview. Hock expands this whole approach to help define what it is that we want to create, given that the planet is in such trouble.

This is an engrossing, insightful book by a humble, powerful man who has exerted a huge influence on business, society, and on our future. It gives me hope and courage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By oneworld 4149 on April 1, 2009
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If you are in a position of leadership in a company you should read this book. It is absolutely incredible what they did. They were truly before their time. I believe this is the way of the new business world and if you are rooted in the old ways you will need to understand this philosophy or start planning your retirement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Boves on July 8, 2008
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If, lets imagine, the library of Management Literature would be destoyed tomorrow, there's three treasured books I hope will be preserved somewhere, safe and sound. This is one of them.

Dee Hock's book transmits an extraordinary passion for human growth, organisational transition and hope for a better future. Why are organisations increasingly unable to manage their affairs? Why are individuals increasingly in conflict with the organisations of which they are part? Why are society and the biosphere increasingly in disarray? The answers (please do not expect to receive simple ones) to these questions spring from a powerful vision of what makes us humans both passionate and creative. A vision that has inspired the creation of VISA.

Dee Hock has been recognised as one of the eight individuals who most changed the way people live in the previous quarter century. I really hope this book will have equal impact on how we manage our lives and businesses. Essential reading.

No, it would not, by the way, be usefull to hand you the two other titles I hope wouldn't be lost... Just read this one and enjoy!
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By Jeanelyse Doran Adams on January 1, 2013
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Hock has demonstrated with clarity, beauty and humility that leadership comes from bringing people to together to do the impossible. He writes with astute observation and with great stories. He too a guide to the future possibilities of democracy and finding our way in this uncertain world.
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