With so much authority now vested in these teams it’s no surprise to find they enjoy the right to make many more decisions based on financial data.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one most adaptable to change.”
This is arguably Charles Darwin’s most famous misquotation. He never said this. It is from a 1963 speech by American professor, Leon Megginson. It is his interpretation of Darwin’s central thesis.
No matter who said it, after visiting 100+ progressive companies we say “Amen!” to this quote.
Hell yes! More Rebel Events are coming. We’ve added more cool cities to the list.
Check out the entire list in this blog post.
We wrote this article for THINK:ACT Magazine. You can find it here.
In our search for the most pioneering workplaces in the world, we’ve come across some extraordinary organizations. And this is an understatement. We’ve seen those where employees select their own leaders, others where any employee can make a decision on anything, and even those where staff set their own salaries.
But sometimes we are asked: “Which is the most radical?” This is a tough question. One candidate has to be Buurtzorg. Maybe you’ve never heard of them. Not surprising. But they are well known in the Netherlands, where we live, and worldwide in the healthcare industry.
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