The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation. Henri Lipmanowicz, Keith McCandless. Liberating Structures Press.

The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation Book Cover The Surprising Power of Liberating Structures: Simple Rules to Unleash A Culture of Innovation
Henri Lipmanowicz, Keith McCandless
Liberating Structures Press
October 28, 2014

Smart leaders know that they would greatly increase productivity and innovation if only they could get everyone fully engaged. The challenge is how. Liberating Structures are novel, practical and no-nonsense methods to help you accomplish this goal with groups of any size.

Prepare to be surprised by how simple and easy they are for anyone to use. This book shows you how with detailed descriptions of each of the 33 Liberating Structures plus tips on how to get started and traps to avoid.

Prepare to be surprised by their profound impact. Stories from boardrooms to classrooms, from health care to the military illustrate how leaders, facilitators, changemakers, and others have harnessed their power to achieve fast and lasting results.

Discover today what Liberating Structures can do for you and those around you without expensive investments, complicated training, or restructuring. Liberate everyone’s contributions – all it takes is the determination to experiment.

Henri Lipmanowicz and Keith McCandless have partnered since 2002 to develop Liberating Structures. They have worked with organizations ranging from neighborhood groups to global business enterprises in more than thirty countries. Updates on their ongoing work are reported on their website

Henri Lipmanowicz retired from Merck in 1998 after a thirty-year career during which he progressed from managing director in Finland to president of the Intercontinental Region and Japan (the world minus the United States and Western Europe) and a member of Merck Management Committee. In 2000 Henri cofounded the Plexus Institute and served as chairman of the board until 2010.

Born in Carcassonne, France, Henri holds a MS degree in industrial engineering and management from Columbia University and a MS degree in chemical engineering from France. His career gave him the opportunity to live in seven countries and made him a perpetual world traveler. He resides in the United States with his Finnish wife; their joy in their two daughters and seven grandchildren is beyond their wildest expectations. While in France, he drives around in a 1961 Citroen 2CV.

From 1992-2000, Keith McCandless led executive learning initiatives for the Health Forum (HF) in San Francisco. He was responsible for working with field-based learning collaboratives and managing education and research efforts. Prior to the Health Forum, Keith founded and served as the executive director of the Foundation for Health Care Quality in Seattle. The foundation brought together business and health leaders in a unique partnership to improve value in health care.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, he holds a master’s in management of human services from Brandeis University in Boston and a BA from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Keith lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne, and Deacon, a whippet with talent to amuse.