Ep 16 Open Book Reporting or Management Anne-Claire Broughton Pt 2

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Anne-Claire Broughton, Broughton Consulting LLC


We continue with Anne-Claire Broughton. She is Principal of Broughton Consulting, LLC, Durham, NC. Her many publications include the Business Action Guide Series of innovative employee engagement practices (with The Hitachi Foundation). Anne-Claire is active with efforts to educate retiring business owners and their advisors about the possibility of employee ownership as an exit strategy. She also shares innovative employee engagement practices to help business owners thrive. In addition, she is President of EarthShare North Carolina’s Board of Directors, an active amateur musician, and parent of a teenager.

Some of the insights we’ll hear:

  • Why you should choose to take the extra steps to engage your employees.
  • What is open book management vs open book reporting?
  • A “radical” approach that will encourage employees to share their ideas.


  1. What are your “butts in the seats”? What is your key/critical/one number?

Belgium Brewing has 4 ways of making decisions:


unilateral with input

group decision – consensus

group decision with input

2. How could you adapt these and Everyone just needs to know how decisions need to be made?

3. Are you ready to open up your business practices with your team?

I would love to see your answers to these questions. You can leave them in the comments below on this episode’s comment section or on Twitter @toddareed, LinkedIn @ToddAReed, or on Facebook, search for the Inspired and Intentional page.




Resources that Anne-Claire Mentioned


Broughton Consulting


SJF Ventures

King Arthur Flour

Marlin Steel

Tasty Catering


New Belgium Brewing

NCEO National Center for Employee Ownership

Hitatchi Foundation Business Action Guides made available to my listeners:

Effective Profit Sharing Marlin Steel

Non Financial Recognition and Rewards: New Belgium Brewing

Innovative Scheduling Practices for Workplace Stability: Cooperative Home Care Associates

Communicating Company Values Clearly: Tasty Catering


The Good Job Strategy by Zeynep Ton

Profit at the Bottom of the Ladder by Jody Heymann

Great Game of Business by Jack Stack

The Idea-Driven Organization by Alan G. Robinson and Dean M. Schroeder

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Gallup reports 70% of employees are disengaged from their work. This leads to high and expensive turnover, poor productivity, and what Ari Weinzweig calls an energy crisis in the workplace. There are companies and organizations out there bucking this trend. By talking with these inspiring leaders, the goal of the Inspired and Intentional podcast is to help you know that you’re not alone. There are others that, not only, want to run a financially solid organization, but  also one that intentionally inspires those on their team and in their community to significance and purpose.