Money vs. Happiness II

Greetings from Singapore! It is already 11.55 pm here.

It feels great to be part of the FC Now community of bloggers. Thanks Heath for allowing me to chip in.

With reference to Jon's post on Money vs. Happiness, I think it is a question all of us ask ourselves and the reason why Ricardo Semler's book, The Seven Day Weekend and his earlier one Maverick makes a lot of sense. I think he makes a perfect case of why and how organizations need to work in harmony with an employee's pursuit of happiness.

I wonder why we don't see many more of such organizations?

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  • anish

    i guess Semler himself give us the answer.'Calcified thinking' is what he calls it.A condition where a person has certain fixed ideas, definitions, and principles about everything or something.He does not question these or dont know if these exist(we all have it).And this calcified thinking is based on what we have seen(based on past-past experiences, history, successful leaders of past etc).So how can he ever think of something new unless he listens to himself like semler did? And that requires overcoming fear of uncertainity.

  • Evelyn Rodriguez

    I don't know. I have worked in Italian corporations and they seem to have adapted to American mental models quite well in the corporation although it's an entirely different world at home.

    I think it was purely Ricardo Semler's ability to listen to his own intuition, use his judgment and stick with his own convictions in terms of leadership rather follow what others have set as norms for successful corporations. I see Google's founders doing a bit of this as well - they are not following Semler's model, but creating their own as well.

  • Gautam Ghosh

    Well that's because the Maverick organization needs a maverick entrepreneur to create and maintain.

    Also the fact that Semco originated out of the US. Most organizational norms that are replicated across the world are based on American mental models and archetypes(eg. The Hero boss, the individual genius etc) which ultimately does not gell with cultural archetypes in more community based cultures

    Gautam