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Is there a "BK Way?"
What is distinctive about BK as a company and our practices?
In 2017 Berrett-Koehler Publishers will celebrate the 25th anniversary of our founding. In preparation, we are gathering examples and stories that suggest what is different and noteworthy about the messages in our books and how we apply those ideas in running our company.
Please post below any examples or stories you have of:
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Created by Hazel Henderson
In 1991, I was faced with the folding of the original publisher of my book Paradigms in Progress” . Somehow, I was lucky enough to find Berrett-Koehler and Steve Piersanti! After I sent Steve my orphan book, he contacted me saying that I was obviously an author whose work was “ under-published “. Steve invited me to meet with him and the Berrett-Koehler team at their office in San Francisco.
When I arrived with a cordial welcome , we convened with the group in their conference room. Steve introduced me and said how important he thought Paradigms in Progress was and that he hoped Barrett-Koehler would take over the book and re-publish it.
Then to my surprise, he asked us all to take a few minutes in prayerful silence, focusing on their role and mission and how my work seemed to align well.
I was amazed, having had experiences with two of my other publishers in New York , which were to say the least, very different and with a strictly business focus.
What I found at Berrett-Koehler was a deeply caring spiritual approach to publishing as a calling . I was deeply moved by the depth of caring and focus on their mission. Naturally, I was delighted when Berrett-Koehler decided to take over Paradigms in Progress and they re- launched my book in 1995. My books, including my later Building A Win-Win World (1996) have not been big sellers, since as a futurist I’m always about ten years ahead of where the market is at any time! So I’m doubly grateful that they keep these two of my books in print and the latter title is also now an e-book.
So naturally, I always first steer my author friends looking for publishers to Berrett-Koehler! I feel this affinity even though I’m now too busy running our Ethical Markets Media Certified B. Corporation to participate in all the wonderful authors’ retreats and cooperative activities.
So, thank you all at Berrett-Koehler! May you continue to prosper and serve our common human future!
Created by Jonathan Fong
Created by Randy Peyser
I love the personal engagement with Jeevan through the email newsletters. Every other publisher sends out a boring announcement. BK is the only company that provides consistent reader engagement and interaction. If social media is supposed to be about establishing relationships, BK is exceptional in this regard.
I love the challenges that Jeevan presents at the end of each newsletter, as well as the “dose of random” and the other odds and ends he shares at the bottom of each newsletter. I enjoy seeing the answers to the challenges and sometimes come up with preposterous answers and send them to him when I can’t figure them out, just to share a laugh. I enjoy reading about the people who figure out the challenges. It makes me feel connected to a much larger community of fans of BK, and I find it interesting to read about the wide variety of readers who enjoy the newsletter, like I do, and learn about the things that they do.
Last year, I shared the newsletters with my 87 year old dad across the country. He looks forward to the newsletters, too, because he often gets the answers right to the challenges.
It’s also astounding to me as to how much information is relayed in the newsletters. Every time I get a newsletter, I’m blown away by the amount of interesting information that has been collated for that newsletter. I always think: When do they have time to do their jobs?
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BK is not tied to old NY/Boston ways
Thank you Roger. One of the secrets of BK's success is the wonderful community of manuscript reviewers and editors who work with our authors to make their books better. In a time when many people lament the decline of publishers' editorial enhancement of books, Berrett-Koehler still brings in several outside manuscript reviewers to improve each book manuscript we are publishing.
Is "The New Leadership Paradigm" Steve wrote about part of the BK Way?
Since BK has focused so much of its energy into publishing books about leadership, it's part of the identity of the company and therefore should be included in the BK way. "Paradigm" upholds the mission and values that BK tries to enfold into its function, such as community, connection, and collaboration.