I recently read two extremely interesting books by the business leader Ricardo Semler, who took a small company in Brazil called Semco, and turned it into a huge conglomerate, employing over 3,000 people, all while constantly questioning how things are done, and turning the workplace into an experiment for democratic decision making.
The books are:
- The Seven Day Weekend
And I would recommend that you read them in this order, as The Seven Day Weekend does tend to build on Maverick!
To give you a taster of this type of thinking, watch the video below.
In his books, Ricardo is constantly asking Why.
- Why do we put looks on equipment storage at our factories?
- Why do we ask employees to dress in a certain way?
- Why do we ask employees to turn up at a certain time?
- Why do we ask employees to drive two hours to our headquarters, instead of having lots of small offices dotted around town?
Turns out, this is a great approach, not only for business, but for our personal lives.
So, take a look at the way you live, and ask yourself Why. Then do it again, and then do it again.
You’ll find that by asking the Why question three times in a row, you will often end up with the answer:
I don’t know.
That’s the start.