Listen free for 30 days

People Powered

How Communities Can Supercharge Your Business, Brand, and Teams
Narrated by: Jono Bacon
Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
3 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

£7.99/month after 30 days. Cancel anytime

Summary

Harness the power of communities, both inside and outside of your organization, to drive value and revenue, activate your employees’ and customers’ talents, and create a highly engaged, loyal customer base.

What if you discovered a blueprint that could grow your brand’s reputation and loyalty, dramatically reduce customer service issues, produce content and technology, and cement a powerful, lasting relationship between you and your customers?

Communities have been a popular topic since the rise of the internet and social media, but few companies have consistently harnessed their power, driven tangible value, and effectively measured their return on investment (ROI) like:

  • Salesforce.com has seen tremendous results with their community network of over two million members advocating for, supporting, and integrating Salesforce.com products
  • Star Citizen used Kickstarter to raise over $150 million to build their new video game and a community of over two million players
  • Red Hat collaborated with their community to build industry-leading technology, which led to a $34 billion acquisition by IBM
  • Companies such as PayPal, Facebook, Bosch, Microsoft, CapitalOne, and Google have also built communities inside their organizations, which have fostered innovation, broken down silos, and helped their organizations to operate more efficiently and collaboratively

People Powered helps C-suite leaders, founders, marketers, customer advocates, and community leaders gain a competitive advantage by answering the following questions:

  • What is the key value proposition of building a community?
  • What kind of community do we need and how do we build and integrate it into our organization?
  • How do we incentivize and encourage people to get involved, build reliable growth, and keep community members engaged?
  • How do we develop authentic, productive relationships with community members both online and in person?
  • How do we get departmental buy-in, hire effectively, and create consistent, reliable community engagement skills in our organization? What are the strategic and tactical pitfalls and roadblocks we need to avoid?
  • How do we make sure that our community continues to grow with us - and more importantly, how do we make sure that we continue to grow with them?

People Powered pulls together over 20 years of pragmatic experience into a clear, simple methodology and blueprint to not just answer these questions but deliver results. It also includes contributions from industry leaders including Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Emmy-award winning actor), Peter H. Diamandis (founder of XPRIZE, Singularity University), Jim Zemlin (executive director, The Linux Foundation), Mike Shinoda (cofounder, Linkin Park), Jim Whitehurst (CEO, Red Hat), and more.

Don’t get left behind - become an industry trailblazer and ensure your company’s longevity by tapping in to the most dynamic force both outside and inside your organization: the people.

Reference charts are available in the audiobook companion PDF download.

A small selection of endorsements for People Powered:

"Jono is an expert at integrating the potential of communities with businesses. People Powered provides a clear and thoughtful blueprint for others looking to tap into this potential and unlock benefits for their own organizations." (Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat and author of The Open Organization)

"If you want to unlock the power of collaboration in communities, companies, and teams, Jono Bacon should be your tour guide, and People Powered should be your map.”" (Jamie Smith, former deputy press secretary to President Barack Obama)

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

©2019 Jono Bacon (P)2019 HarperCollins Leadership

Critic reviews

"People Powered equips businesses with a powerful community building formula. It is clear, consistent and thus a genuinely effective tool for integrating community into the day to day operations of a business. Highly recommended." (Paul Salnikow, CEO, The Executive Centre)  

"'Whether you are a start-up or a corporation, if you are not building a community, you are missing an enormous opportunity. People Powered needs to be on every executive's bookshelf." (Maxx Bricklin, coFounder, BOLD Capital Partners)

"'If you want to tap into the power that communities can bring to businesses and teams, there is no greater expert than Jono Bacon." (Nat Friedman, CEO, GitHub)

What members say

Average customer ratings

Overall

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    1
  • 4 Stars
    0
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    0
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • 16-11-19

A refreshing insight into the advantages of community!

Whatever your line of work you will find it is anchored to a community of sorts be it planned or accidental. Take a closer look at your community and you will see a set of community values which help sustain its continuance. Now take a close look at organisations (communities) around you that have ultimately withered on the vine and you will see a direct correlation between organisational failure and its failure to maintain and strengthen its community values.

Following the guidance this book offers - you will be better equipped to identify your own organisations community values and be able to contribute positively to its future and wellbeing.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Anonymous User
  • Anonymous User
  • 14-12-19

So helpful!

Some great information here. And loved the audio book option. The author reads it himself and his personality really shines through (and his British accent is an added bonus)!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Dustin Kirkland
  • Dustin Kirkland
  • 10-12-19

We're better together. Here's how...

I've been blessed to have had a front row seat to the Jono Bacon Show, for the last 12 years, having worked along side him at Canonical on Ubuntu, and watched as he's help a number of other organizations in very similar ways. Jono's approach to human connections is unique in the world today. He carries with him a singular capability to generate more capacity, from disparate groups of people, than anyone would think possible. I've seen it first hand time and again. In 'People Powered', Jono shares his methodologies, in clear prose, enumerated lists, and actionable recommendations. As a product management executive, this book is particularly applicable, in our quest to create products that delight and passionate communities thereof. Despite how much I thought I knew about Jono's philosophies and practices, I still walked away from this book with new insights from every chapter. It's a must read, for anyone interested in creating something bigger than themselves.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for almostmike
  • almostmike
  • 18-11-19

Great guidebook for all community builders

Jono's book is a must listen for anyone who is building communities either inside or outside of their organizations. It is a helpful guide with an extra helpful pdf that will be a book I'll reference for years to come!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Fredric Landqvist
  • Fredric Landqvist
  • 16-11-19

Pragmatic community checklist manifesto

Jono’s extensive experience building sustainable communities are shared with his witty and no-BS manner! The book covers all foundations to what makes a community work and thrive. On top of this there’re loads of resources ready to by reused. Start tinkering with your community effort regardless of business or industry, and do hacks and learning by doing ...