Meet the Authors: Humanize

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In their book, Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World, authors Jamie Notter and Maddie Grant challenge some of the prevailing wisdom about leadership and management. In today's social digital world, companies' hierarchical systems, opaque structures and rigid processes – business practices that have worked for the past century – can become organizational death traps. To thrive in the digital age, they argue, organizations should be attuned to the same human-based principles that fuel social media. This requires overhauling your business's culture, processes and behaviors to include the human qualities of being "open, trustworthy, generative and courageous." Both Jamie and Maddie have spent most of their careers working in and consulting to nonprofit organizations. Join us to talk to the people behind the book and explore how their ideas could help your organization.

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About the Presenters: 

Maddie Grant

Maddie draws from more than 10 years of experience in marketing, communications, and international business operations to help associations large and small build capacity for using social media to achieve business results. She is the co-author of two books: Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World, and Open Community: a little book of big ideas for associations navigating the social web. Maddie is the chief social media strategist at SocialFish LLC. There she writes and edits SocialFishing (www.socialfish.org), one of the most visited and respected blogs in the nonprofit community, where she gets to express her viewpoint as a classic Gen-X early adopter and "shiny new toy" addict.

Jamie Notter

Jamie started his career in the field of international conflict resolution, spending six years designing and delivering training programs in areas of ethnic conflict (if you get a chance, ask him about the awesome people on the island of Cyprus). Jamie then moved into working with organizations, initially as a diversity trainer and consultant, and later leading his own management consulting practice, working extensively with trade associations and professional societies. In 2008 Jamie merged his company with Management Solutions Plus (an association management company) to create the consulting division. Jamie carries a master's degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University, and a Certificate in Organization Development from Georgetown. An avid writer, he has authored dozens of published articles to go along with three books, including his most recent (with Maddie Grant), Humanize: How People-Centric Organizations Succeed in a Social World. Jamie has been blogging about leadership and change at www.getmejamienotter.com since 2005.