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Leading by Omission



If successful business depends on innovation, wonders Ricardo Semler, why are automobiles made essentially the same way today as they were in Ford’s first assembly line 100 years ago?

Parallel parking is one of ” the stupidest things we do,” says Semler, “If we had a day, could we not by tomorrow afternoon figure out a way to make a car” that handles better in this common situation — or, on a grander scale, escape from the “silly concept” of oil dependent transportation altogether?

The problem, Semler figures, is that there’s “something fundamental about organizations and ‘ leadership that makes it almost impossible for people inside a business to change their own industry.”

Industries are based on “formats that are basically legacies of military hierarchies,” says Semler, which neglect or deny the power of human intuition and democratic participation.

In Semler’s own firm, there are no five-year business plans (which he views as wishful thinking), but rather “a rolling rationale about numbers.”

A project takes off only if a critical mass of employees decides to get involved.

Staff determine when they need a leader, and then choose their own bosses in a process akin to courtship, says Semler, resulting in a corporate turnover rate of 2% over 25 years.

“We’ll send our sons anywhere in the world to die for democracy,” says Semler, but don’t seem to apply the concept to the workplace.

This is a tragic error, because “people on their own developing their own solutions will develop something different.

About the Speaker(s): Ricardo Semler heads up the Brazilian company, Semco, which is involved in such diverse ventures as manufacturing mixing equipment, making cooling towers, managing Latin American properties, and environmental consulting.

Semler has authored two best-sellers, Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World’s Most Unusual Workplace and The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works.

Semler is a Harvard Business School alumnus, and has been named Brazil’s Business Leader of the Year two times.

Event date: 09/22/2005


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Living on One Dollar

 Four friends from the United States spent their summer living in Guatemala on one dollar a day to try and understand the reality of poverty first hand.



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Does money make you mean?

It’s amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy.

Paul Piff studies how social hierarchy, inequality and emotion shape relations between individuals and groups.


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Why Are American Health Care Costs So High?

John discusses the complicated reasons why the United States spends so much more on health care than any other country in the world, and along the way reveals some surprising information, including that Americans spend more of their tax dollars on public health care than people in Canada, the UK, or Australia. Who’s at fault? Insurance companies? Drug companies? Malpractice lawyers? Hospitals? Or is it more complicated than a simple blame game? (Hint: It’s that one.)


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Build the company that you wouldn’t sell – Zach Klein

At the age of 23, Zach sold his company Vimeo.

But as soon as he sold his company, he wanted nothing more than to have those wings again. He missed it.

He realized he wanted to keep flying. Zach humbly offers advise on:

  • what he’s doing now (
  • the lessons he’s learned that have informed his own company

His advice is:

Do something valuable that solves worthy challenges, contributes to culture, stand up for what’s important, and behave as if your company is going to be here 100 years from now.


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Are We Ready For the Coming ‘Age of Abundance?’ – Dr. Michio Kaku (Full) .

June 27, 2011

Dr. Michio Kaku discussing economics, technology, and the future full video of conference/discussion.


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The Unemployment Mantra 2012

The Unemployment Mantra 2012
by Jim Oliver

No job
No cashflow
No car
No go
No where
No fun.


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Copyright Math (TM)

The $8 billion iPod.

Comic author Rob Reid unveils Copyright Math (TM), a remarkable new field of study based on actual numbers from entertainment industry lawyers and lobbyists.


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