Stop competing and start collaborating!
"This is a must read, not just for beer lovers, but for anyone who values a distinctly and wonderfully off–centered approach to life and work.
Sam Calagione is an innovative brewer, a visionary leader, a fun collaborator, and a great friend. Sam′s new book, Off–centered Leadership, brilliantly offers keen insights on how to build a business with soul, and how to lead and motivate people in a fast–paced environment. Sam and I have followed similar paths in building our beer companies, and we have faced many of the same challenges. His steadfast commitment to quality and innovation, and his quirky, off–centered management style, make his new book both entertaining and enlightening."
JIM KOCH, co–founder and chairman of the Boston Beer Company
"If you′ve started your business out of passion and skill, but know in your heart that you can′t do it alone, read here how Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head faced down that important challenge and transformed himself into a leader of a team that leads the company′s growth and excellence while preserving his original passions."
BOB TAYLOR, cofounder and President of Taylor Guitars
"This epic, essential and pioneering guide to thoughtfully growing your business and life takes us on an incredible journey of discovery. It is brimming with trailblazing innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship, creativity, passion, risk, disruption and the inevitable transition to a better future And it′s all built around beer What could be better?"
BILL WALTON, a proud and loyal Dogfish fan, student, and consumer
Off–centered Leadership offers any leader of a newly formed company or an established organization a new vision of leadership. Sam Calagione the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery shows how to embrace the spirit of collaboration over competition and harness its power as a business strategy. This hands–on resource reveals how one of the nation′s fastest growing independent breweries spear–headed a collaborative model that better serves its customer and its coworkers, provides innovative solutions to common business challenges, and continues to rocket Dogfish Head to the top of the independent brewing industry.
Filled with illustrative examples and written in Calagione′s fresh and engaging style, Off–centered Leadership offers a key to ongoing organizational success.
Enjoy the Journey ix
Celebrating the Epiphany xi
Joining the Fans xii
Proceed Slowly, Go Thoughtfully xiii
A Third Way Forward xvii
Chapter 1 FROM ENTREPRENEUR TO LEADER 1
Creative Freedom 3
Your Coworkers Are Your First Responsibility 6
The Retreat, February 2014 7
Interview: Nick Benz, CEO, Dogfi sh Head 14
Chapter 2 LAID UP IN ZERO GRAVITY 25
The Goliaths and David 30
Internal Collaboration 32
Interview: Charlie Papazian, President,
Brewers Association of America 35
Chapter 3 THE RADICALLY CHANGING BEER BUSINESS 45
A Brief History of the American Beer Industry 46
A Gathering Storm 52
Maintaining the Brand in Turbulent Times 56
Chapter 4 LEADERSHIP 101: Love the Mistakes 61
Interview: Pearse Lyons, President and Founder,
Alltech, Inc. 69
Chapter 5 PREPARING FOR SUCCESS 79
Bringing in the Experts 81
Interview: Stewart D. Friedman, Founding Director
of the Wharton Leadership Program 92
Chapter 6 INTERNAL COLLABORATION: Marrying Off–Centeredness to a World–Class Organization 101
Interview: Cindy Dunson, Director of Human
Resources at Dogfi sh Head 109
Experimental Brewing 118
Interview: Mariah Calagione, Vice President, Dogfi sh Head 120
Chapter 7 EXTERNAL COLLABORATION 131
External and Internal Collaboration 147
Giving Back 151
Our Community 153
Interview: Nick Brayton, President, Woolrich 154
Chapter 8 COLLABORATIVE CREATIVITY: Passion and Patience 165
Interview: Neal Stewart, VP of Marketing, Dogfi sh
Head; Tim Hawn, Brewmaster, Dogfi sh Head 167
The Birreria Story 177
Interview: Will Oldham, Renaissance Man 183
Chapter 9 OFF–CENTERED CAPITAL: Partnering for the Future 193
Interview: David Landau, Cofounder, LNK Partners 203
Chapter 10 DECADE THREE AS AN OFF–CENTERED LEADER 215
Interview: Terri Kelly, CEO, W. L. Gore & Associates 225