Great Leaders Break The Rules
CareerZOT Talk by Kathy Seaton
Look back and remember the times when you felt really
successful. You probably had a lot to do at that time, right?
Lots of projects, people to manage, meetings to lead,
strategic plans to develop.
Here's the question. What were you doing that for? Was
it just for the money? Or was it just because you were
following the Jones's and participating in the daily grind?
Reflect—was obeying all of the rules really something that
you wanted to do?
If you're looking for a change of business scenery, there's
a solution. Check out Ricardo Semler, Brazilian CEO at
Semco Group, who presented “How to Run a Company
with (Almost) No Rules.” He suggests a very different way
to operate by eliminating the traditional rules of business
and the boarding school mentality.
His idea is basic; find alternative ways to inspire creativity,
ingenuity, and productivity—while altering the rudimentary
expectations of time spent at the desk or sitting in
meetings. This becomes an effort to trust your people to
do their jobs, while at the same time giving them some
(or a lot) of freedom.
Thankfully, technology has made flexibility in the workplace
possible. With technology, employees no longer
need to clock in and out if they can complete their work
efficiently and effectively. And with that, the rules can be
Think about it this way, this is your opportunity to give
back and take care of the well being of your people.
You can remove the constraints and create a new spirit
As a leader you might consider this new way of thinking
as building (or maybe rebuilding) your legacy. What do
you want to be remembered for and why do you want
to be remembered? It's the possibility of releasing yourself
from the antiquated way of thinking about work and the
prospect of trying something new, something unheard of.
Peter Drucker once said, “What you have to do and the
way you have to do it is incredibly simple. Whether you
are willing to do it is another matter.”
So ask yourself, why are you doing what you're doing,
and what for?