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Interview with Sally Helgesen on 21st Century Organization

December 2007 - By Dr. Nagendra V Chowdary

I think one big challenge for organizations is figuring out when the decision making needs to be centralized and when it needs to be distributed. Technology puts information and power, that were formerly held by tight organizational structures, into the hands of individuals.
— Sally Helgesen
Effective executive interview with Sally Helgesen on 21st Century Organization

Sally Helgesen is an internationally acclaimed author, speaker, and leadership development consultant. She has authored five books which include The Web of Inclusion: A New Architecture for Building Great Organizations, cited in The Wall Street Journal as one of the best books on leadership of all time, and The Female Advantage: Womens Ways of Leadership, hailed as "the classic work" on women's leadership styles, continually in print for sixteen years, and translated into 12 languages, and Thriving in 24/7: Six Strategies for Taming the NewWorld of Work.

    Sally has developed and delivered customized programs for hundreds of the world's leading corporations, partnership firms, universities, and nonprofits. Her clients include Microsoft, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, CFSB, Textron, Ernst & Young, Sun Microsystems, KPMG, Fortune Brands, The USArmy College ofWar, TheWorld Bank, and the Office of Public Management, UK. She has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Smith College, been a visiting scholar at Northwestern University, and has worked extensively with The United Nations to build more inclusive and decentralized country offices in Africa and Asia.

Articles on Sallys work have been featured in Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Fast Company, and she has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows. She is a contributing editor to Strategy + Business magazine and is on the board of Air Force University, in a federal advisory position. In 2005, she founded. The Women Gurus Network. In 2006, she was chosen by the Best Practices Institute as one of the most influential thought leaders in the US.

SHe can also be reached at

Useful for Understanding of:

  • Social Networks
  • 21st Century Organisation
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Science of Subtle Signals
  • Removing Imperfect Knowledge of Organisations.
Originally Published in Effective Executive, IUP
Effective Executive Reference No. 03M-2007-12-10-06
IBSCDC Reference No. INT0041
Year and Month of Publication December 2007
Keywords Sally Helgesen, Five Major Trends Reshaping Organisations and communities, Organisational Effectiveness, Women Executives as Leaders,Diversity and Gender Discrimination, Working Women and Ambition

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