All the rage these days: CEO “office hours”

A couple of weeks ago on the VSOTD.com blog, I wrote about Gilt Groupe CEO Susan Lynne’s practice of giving any employee a half-hour to tell her anything they want. “It’s turned out to be a fantastic way to find out what’s bubbling under the surface,” she told The New York Times.

Now the Chicago Tribune reports on Jason Fried, founder of the Chicago software firm 37signals, who’s also holding office hours—only he’ll see any Tom, Dick or Harriet who wants to pitch him an idea or ask his business advice. Why? “We’re a company, hopefully, that just stands for more than, ‘Here’s our products that we put out.’”

Far out, man.

We’d like to hear from other VSOTD.com readers whose CEOs are holding office hours. E-mail vseditor@mcmurry.com.

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