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Off–Centered Leadership. The Dogfish Head Guide to Motivation, Collaboration and Smart Growth

  • ID: 3387165
  • Book
  • 272 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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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.

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Introduction ix

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

Afterword 243

Acknowledgments 248

Index 249

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