Grow as a leader with LeadWise Academy

Grow as a leader with LeadWise Academy

We’re excited to share with you a course from our sister company LeadWise. LeadWise is an online hub for leaders to get practical tools and education to lead in a more human way. They’ve partnered with pioneering entrepreneurial collective Enspiral to bring you a new learning experience, the LeadWise Academy Practical Self-Management Intensive. The Intensive is a 5-week online immersive, where you’ll join like-minded leaders from all over the world on a journey to transform how you lead through the practices and tools of self-management.

Get in Line – or why you don’t need strategy

#Inspiration

Extreme stakeholder alignment is the 4th pillar principle of the Semco Style roadmap, and naturally builds on what has already been accomplished in the first three stages. At this point, the organization is ready to align its interests with internal and external stakeholders: employees, partners, counsellors, investors, society, customers, suppliers and government representatives. Alignment creates a setting where these stakeholders have the opportunity to actively participate in the decisions of the organization that might affect them. This is the stage where finding common ground and process optimization merge into a powerful operating style.

Do it yourself

Do it yourself

#Inspiration

The title of this article is not as much an expression of somebody who doesn’t want to be bothered, but more an encouragement for you to take responsibility for your own fate. In the Semco Style roadmap, self-management comes into play when trust and reducing control have been established and have prepared the playing field. The conditions provided by the first two stages allow teams to organize themselves in such a way that they find the best ways to achieve their goals.

The Speed of Trust

The Speed of Trust

#Inspiration

"The world is changing very rapidly, the world is dominated by exponential trends, and businesses are turned upside down." The only way to keep up with these disrupted forces is trust. And that is why Trust is the first pivotal principle that we teach at the Semco Style Institute. This principle is very simple: the people we work with make very difficult and complex decisions every day in their daily, personal lives: about raising children, buying a house, And we trust them to make the right decisions. Then why can’t we trust them to make the right decisions in their professional lives? 

Ricardo Semler: Radical wisdom for a company, a school, a life

#Talks #Inspiration

What if your job didn’t control your life? Brazilian CEO Ricardo Semler practices a radical form of corporate democracy, rethinking everything from board meetings to how workers report their vacation days (they don’t have to). It’s a vision that rewards the wisdom of workers, promotes work-life balance — and leads to some deep insight on what work, and life, is really all about. Bonus question: What if schools were like this too?

Ricardo Semler: The radical boss who proved that workplace democracy works

#Inspiration

The management style that Ricardo Semler evolved through decades of experimentation at Brazilian firm Semco proved to be massively successful. The company defied gravity with the rate of its growth, even when the rest of the country was suffering savage recession. And yet, for all that, it is an example that few have attempted to follow. Why? Because it mostly revolves around management giving up control. 

The WorldBlu List

The WorldBlu List

The WorldBlu List of Freedom-Centered Workplaces™ 2016 is comprised of organizations from a diversity of industries including technology, manufacturing, healthcare, education, retail and professional services, with a combined annual revenue of over $15 billion. These organizations include public, private, non-profit, and educational institutions. They range in size from five to 65,000 employees and are located across the US, Canada, Mexico, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Haiti, Romania, and New Zealand.

Forget Empowerment—Aim for Exhilaration

Forget Empowerment—Aim for Exhilaration

There is no doubt that there is tremendous goodwill, not to mention countless exciting experiments, when it comes to making the world of work more deeply human—designed to promote more freedom, equity, and engagement, and passion. Why, then, can those words sound so cheap and drained of their juice when we hear them repeated over and over by leaders of all stripes? Probably because they’re spoken so much more often than they’re ever enacted.

Brazil's Semco, the caring capitalist.

Brazil's Semco, the caring capitalist.

If Bill Gates says it, you believe it.

The 5 Advantages of a Democratic Workplace

The 5 Advantages of a Democratic Workplace

In my last article I talked about the 7 Trends Making Businesses More Democratic including the Internet, expectations of Generations X and Y, new business standards in a Post-Enron age, political transitions, humanity’s search for meaning, corporate social responsibility, and the birth of what I call “lifestyle democracy.” These trends are making democracy in the workplace inevitable, but what about the benefits? Can democracy – rather than a traditional top-down model of business – really be more advantageous? Here are five reasons why I believe it can:

Ricardo Semler Won’t Take Control

Ricardo Semler Won’t Take Control

The Brazilian CEO and best-selling author transformed his pump plant into a model of participative management, and launched his company on 14 straight years of double-digit growth.

Ricardo Semler: Creating Organizational Change Through  Employee Empowered Leadership

Ricardo Semler: Creating Organizational Change Through Employee Empowered Leadership

Through his unique leadership style, Ricardo Semler, President & CEO of Semco S.A., a Brazilian manufacturing company, has literally redefined the concept of employee empowered leadership. At 20, the youngest graduate of the Harvard Business School, Semler is known around the world for championing his employee-friendly management style. Researched from primary sources including his best selling books, Maverick: The Success Story Behind The World’s Most Unusual Workplace (1993 ) first published in 1988 as Turning the Tables, and THE SEVEN-DAY WEEKEND: Changing the Way Work Works (2004), as well as two articles he authored in the Harvard Business Review, Managing Without Managers, (1989) and Why My Employees Still Work For Me (1994), this paper provides readers with insights on how to get beyond those who say that organizations are too large and/or too bureaucratic to change. In addition, it provides concrete examples of how his company routinely ignores the rules while at the same time creating a new paradigm for creative leadership and organizational effectiveness.

Joining the 4-hour workweek and the 7-day weekend

Joining the 4-hour workweek and the 7-day weekend

#Interviews #Ricardo Talks

Tim Ferriss (1977) is a self-experimenter and bestselling author, best known for 'The 4-Hour Workweek', which has been translated into 40+ languages. Newsweek calls him "the world's best human guinea pig," and The New York Times calls him "a cross between Jack Welch and a Buddhist monk." Ricardo Semler (1959) is theCEO and majority owner of Semco Partners, a Brazilian company best known for its radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering