Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

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Book review: The Seven-Day Weekend

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Veronique Kilian
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The Seven-Day Weekend gives us an inside perspective into Semler’s psyche. I see similarities with CEOs that I have interviewed. Just like Semler, they focus on happiness in their organization. “People that are happy at work have IQ plus EQ plus SQ minus ego,” Semler states. These people are able to do what is good for them, for their colleagues and for their clients by letting go of control and working with enormous creativity and dedication. Semler refers to people that have an entrepreneurial mindset and does away with the stereotypical MBA graduate who has been taught to be competitive, and above all to think from his own perspective and put himself first. At the same time, we all have our human quirks. Even direct employees of Semler’s had difficulty with his vigorous ideas, as this candid story shows. In 2003, when this book was first published, he was essentially advocating a paradigm shift in thinking. Despite the resistance it evoked, the business success of the Semco company still ensured an interest in the efficiency of happiness. It could be said that he has described his experiences as a precursor of a number of things which have become more commonplace nowadays, such as flexible working hours, the new way of working and self-managing teams.

The Importance Of Taking The Time To Introspect

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The Importance Of Taking The Time To Introspect

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Ian Borges
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This summer, I spent an entire month interacting with our team in Amsterdam through a range of activities and exercises. The idea was to take a step back and do a deep internal alignment and to come up with a clearer vision around our what, why and how. We wanted to identify our key initiatives, settle on a prioritization plan focussing our energies on coming up with a social contract and well-defined roles and responsibilities. We also created a master calendar that put a tentative date on all our key initiatives. As an organization, it was important for us to reflect upon why we exist, how we plan to impact the world with our ideas, what are our main initiatives, how we prioritize and deal with them in our daily lives.

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.”

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