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Mehdi Kajbaf (Co-Founder/Matboard and More)
Reading Freedom Inc. by Isaac Getz helped me understand more deeply what I always intuitively understood about business and people. The book opens up with a discussion on values, and how we view individuals. Essentially it boils down to, are humans innately motivated to do good work and be productive, or are they lazy and will take advantage of situations to their own selfish interests?
Nicolae Andronic (Founder/Echoz)
It’s a management/leadership book about “liberated” organizations. Liberated organizations are the ones that no longer rely on the traditional “chain of command”, but instead give empowerment to the employees and rely on their self-judgment. By doing so, they provide meaningfulness and work satisfaction to their employees, which in turn leads to great decisions and business results. I liked it because it changed my “profit first” mindset when it comes to business.
PS: Harley Davidson it’s one example of a liberated company. How cool is that? :)
The culture of freedom works–and Freedom, Inc. reveals the secrets of a successful business paradigm based on a trusting, nonhierarchical, liberated environment.
The visionary leaders profiled here performed near-miracles in driving their companies to unheard-of levels of success, often from unlikely or disheartening beginnings. Businesses as diverse as insurance company USAA, winemaker Sea Smoke Cellars, Gore & Associates, advertising agency The Richardson Group, Harley-Davidson, and Sun Hydraulics have had the insight and courage to challenge long-held management beliefs about human nature and employees–and radically depart from the traditional command-and-control structures, rules, and policies. By freeing up the individual initiative and risk-taking instincts of every employee, these companies showed they could dramatically outperform their rivals in an array of fiercely competitive industries.
By listening to employees instead of telling them what to do, by treating them as equals and not limiting information through a trickle-down hierarchy, and by encouraging a culture in which employees have commitments (something chosen) as opposed to jobs (something imposed), these companies liberated their workers to fulfill their own individual potential, which has led to more productive, loyal, and engaged workers, as well as significant measurable profits and growth.