I recently read Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace, by Ricardo Semler. Pretty amazing; they give a remarkable amount of control to their workers, have remarkably few layers of management, and are remarkably open, flexible, and responsive.
And, if the book is to be believed, it works extremely well. I was really impressed with their adapting to circumstances, to the extent that people would recommend changes to the company that ended up with their own job, even their own division, being eliminated. The ways they nurtured worker’s growth and development (both within the company and forming spinoffs) was great, too.
I have a lot to learn about how to manage, that’s for sure.
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