Control Is Just An Illusion - Democracy Is The Real Thing

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Control Is Just An Illusion - Democracy Is The Real Thing

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Koen de Boer
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We live in the age of information and companies, irrespective of their size, are increasingly becoming aware of how workplace democracy can actually be good for business. Millennials, who are beginning to dominate workforces across the globe, are gravitating towards jobs that offer big money like corporate companies and a democratic setting like startups. However, the large companies that are trying to embrace democratic principles, aren’t doing so on the whim of their Millennial workforce alone. The marketplace today is highly fluid, with nimble, tech-savvy customers who won’t think twice before jumping ships.

Love, Intimacy And Vulnerability At The Workplace

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Love, Intimacy And Vulnerability At The Workplace

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John Sas
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Last year this time, I was going through a personal crisis and my decision to take up the Semco Style Institute training gave me a language with which to express what I already knew to be true. When I began my training in September, 2016, my wife, Christine, was suffering from secondary breast cancer. She passed away in December that year. What I did in the process of saying goodbye to my wife and closing her earthly life made it amply clear to me that I needed to trust in us as a partnership. Together, we needed to find a way that was right for her and for me and I was sure that I needed to be transparent about my feelings and thoughts. I used to have these big arguments with her because I loved her - the fact that she was dying didn’t restrict me from talking about the things that were important to me. This kind of transparency helped us discuss things like my life after she’d died. She would ask me, “How are you going to lead your life after I’m dead?” or she’d say, “John, I want you to be happy again when I die.”

How To Make Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things

How To Make Ordinary People Do Extraordinary Things

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Karin van Noort
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Around the year 2001, I found myself in the midst of a transformation that was almost too good to be true - like a fairy tale that not many believed. For years I felt lonely with this story in my head, until I found Arko and others who are invested in Ricardo Semler’s principles. Finally, I’d found people who believed my story and knew it was possible. So without further ado, here’s the story about a bank’s employees who saved it from going bankrupt and metamorphosed it into a highly successful organization with an enviable work culture.

Why People Love Old-School, Hierarchical Organizations

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Why People Love Old-School, Hierarchical Organizations

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Luuk Willems
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If being democratic in your leadership style is the rational way to create a successful organization, then why isn’t it the norm? Instead, why are democratic, transparent organizations the exception? There must be a reason why people and companies prefer to stick with industrial-era practices and working styles and it’s important to explore those reasons when you want to advocate change. For, how can you show them they need to change if you don’t understand their reasons for not changing?

Small Organizations Big On Democracy

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Small Organizations Big On Democracy

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Koen de Boer
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When you think of smaller organizations, particularly startups, the image that pops into your head is probably one of young people in informal set ups, making decisions together. Everybody at the table is equal because every idea counts and the discussion is usually unhindered by agenda. But that doesn’t mean there isn’t any working hierarchy in smaller organizations - there are still the people who founded the company and those who joined the team later on. However, their hierarchy is more fluid because that’s what works in their fast-moving environment, where ideas need to freeflow and people need to be given the flexibility to deliver results in their own way. Simply put, smaller organizations are inherently democratic, with co-workers feeling safe enough to be honest with each other and with themselves.

Five Strategic Reasons Why Democratic Leadership is The Future of Work

Five Strategic Reasons Why Democratic Leadership is The Future of Work

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Arko van Brakel
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When people discuss changing their organizations and incorporating democratic leadership styles, they talk about it like it’s a goal in itself. But, in reality, it isn’t a goal, but the means to achieving something else. The world is constantly evolving and so are the kind of businesses that thrive in today’s highly tech-infused world. If your business needs to survive well into the future, old fashioned management ideas won’t work anymore. There are strategic advantages to choosing to lead your company and your employees in a democratic way. And I’d like to share with you five of the most important reasons why you should embrace this style of leadership.

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