Ricardo Semler Quotes


People are responsible adults at home. Why do we suddenly transform them into adolescents with no freedom when they reach the workplace?

For a company to excel employees must be reassured that self-interest not the company's is their foremost priority. We believe an employee who puts himself first will be motivated to perform.

We have absolute trust in our employees. In fact we are partners with them.

Large centralized organizations foster alienation like stagnant ponds breed algae.

If we do not let people do things the way they do we will never know what they are really capable of and they will just follow our boarding school rules.

The best way to invest corporate profits is to give them to the employees.

There is no contest between the company that buys the grudging compliance of its work force and the company that enjoys the enterprising participation of its employees

Only two things grow for the sake of growth: businesses and tumors.

The key to getting work done on time is to stop wearing a watch.

Once employees feel challenged invigorated and productive their efforts will naturally translate into profit and growth for the organisation.

If you are giving back you took too much.

Man is by nature restless. When left too long in one place he will inevitably grow bored unmotivated and unproductive.

No-one works for money alone and tapping into what people want from their careers and what they have to offer is essential.

The purpose of work is to make the worker - whether a working stiff or a CEO - feel good about life.

People have a reservoir of talent worth discovering. They just have to be given the opportunity to discover it in themselves

Human nature demands recognition. Without it people lose their sense of purpose and become dissatisfied restless and unproductive.

The purpose of work is not to make money. The purpose of work is to make the workers whether working stiffs or top executives feel good about life.

One of the things that is very silly - and I hear from educators all the time - is that schools essentially teach kids to learn. They don't need school for that. Learning is what they do best.

Bill Gore from Goretex was a very strong influence because he was one of the first larger companies to experiment with freedom in the workplace.

If you look at any kind of modern organization and you think 'What are the foremost tools of power?' You will find that it is information.

Growth and profit are a product of how people work together.

The key to management is to get rid of the managers.

Every one of us has learned how to send emails on Sunday night. But how many of us know how to go a movie on Monday afternoon. You've unbalanced your life without balancing it with someone else.