Ricardo Semler (c) Elisabeth Scharang KGP 2014

They just need a job

I’m always sceptical of companies that search for “passion” in their employees, who portray their workforce as a happy, smiling family that cannot wait for you to bring your needs or problems to their doorstep.

The truth is closer to this: Most of the people who look for common office or factory jobs do not have a calling for what the work entails. They just need a job, to keep themselves and their families thriving so they can otherwise pursue their real calling. Is it a waste of time to deal with these people, therefore? Not at all, because they still have a reservoir of talent worth discovering.

They just have to be given the opportunity to discover it themselves.

ABOUT: Ricardo Semler is the majority owner of SEMCO, a Brazilian company best known for its radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering. Under his ownership and his innovative business management policies have attracted widespread interest around the world.  Time magazine featured him among its Global 100 young leaders profile series published in 1994, The Wall Street Journal’s Latin American magazine named him Latin American businessman of the year in 1990 and he was named Brazilian businessman of the year in 1990 and 1992. Virando a Própria Mesa (“Turning Your Own Table”), his first book, became the best selling non-fiction book in the history of Brazil.

Filmmaker Elisabeth Scharang visited Ricardo Semler at his house in Brazil and had a long talk about fear, talent, about money and the question: who retains the power. Some of his ideas and statements  of a management without manager are part of the documentary KICK OUT YOUR BOSS.

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