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Ricardo Semler

Datum narození: 1959

Ricardo Semler je brazilský podnikatel.


„Smyslem práce není vydělávání peněz. Smyslem práce je umožnit pracovníkům, ať už dělníkům nebo ředitelům, mít dobrý pocit ze svého života“

„Este grupo (que inclui supervisores, chefias e diretores) tem uma particularidade unica - é um grupo constituido de profissionais que deixaram de ser empregados, mas não chegaram a virar patroes. Sao os Roberta Close da empresa.“


„Managers aren’t looking for ten- or twenty-year change programs—they want simple, objective goals: profit, growth, healthy quarterly reports, trained people, orderly markets, competitive advantage. Until these organizations face reality, give up the futile quest for control and begin to respect such concepts as workplace democracy, the need to question everything, and the search for a more balanced existence, even the most modest goals will be beyond reach.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Intuition, luck, mistakes, serendipity—there you have four vital business concepts that every manager should know.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„What’s important to understand about the seven-day weekend is that by redesigning the architecture of time, we can make room for work, leisure, and idleness. All three can coexist and harmonize together to produce happiness and a sense of purpose.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„This is why the culture that arises from daily acts takes the place of corporate policies. Instead of writing ourselves down in a set of rules, we evolve slowly based on what we do.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Another source of stress and disappointment is the expectation that the workplace is an extended family. People want their jobs to provide a sense of belonging, to feel they’re taken care of, to bond with colleagues. But they’re looking for things the company can’t supply. They should keep the company role in perspective. The first expectation to kill is that big families are fun and supportive. Romantic, but untrue. Anyone with a big family can tell you there are always people they don’t like among their own relatives.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Companies hoping to recruit the best and the brightest must demonstrate that they trust their employees with the freedom to work anywhere. They must assume that they’re buying talent and dedication, not what the Brazilians call “butt-on-chair time.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works


„Now Semco employees are free to customize their workdays, to come in earlier or later than traditional schedules. The hours they work are determined by their self-interest, not by company dictates. They’re the best judges of the amount of time and the proper place necessary to get their job done.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Flexible benefits are just becoming an option for some workers. But more creativity is needed to take benefits to their natural end in organizations looking for self-determination and self-management. Employees should be able to customize their health plans, pension fund contributions, insurance, meal tickets, and even health club or collective purchasing programs. By letting the employees make their own calculations and freely choose their own health benefits, we transfer responsibility to our people. We hand them their freedom.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Profits must be judged as moral or immoral by how they are earned and how they are disposed. Without a new barometer, we are left with the old barometer—profit for its own sake, regardless of whether it is sustainable or ultimately ruinous. But over the course of a seven-day weekend when a reservoir of talent is tapped, a calling is found, a true, well-rounded definition of success is established, people may realize they’re working not for the money but literally working for and on themselves. And what a liberating realization that is.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„I don’t want to know where Semco is headed. It doesn’t unnerve me to see nothing on the company’s horizon. I want Semco and its employees to ramble through their days, to use instinct, opportunity, and ingenuity to choose projects and ventures.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works


„No one knows where this will lead, and what power sharing or cohabitation it will carve, but it will certainly bring us face-to-face with our own inconsistencies, and give our employees a chance to feel effectively empowered—with a strong voice. We should never be scared of our own people, whatever it is they have to say or demand—the result is always vastly superior to the ostrich approach of looking for subtle ways of keeping their demands subdued.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„Having discovered that a lot of effort has to be put in by Semco into deprogramming adults, we at the Semco Foundation started an Institute for Advanced Learning called Lumiar (Portuguese for “to shed light on”) and a school for children. It is based on the same tenets as Semco—freedom, self-determination and self-discipline, passion and love. This may sound woodstockish or summerhillian but its goal is the utmost of practicality and excellence: to effectively teach some of the accumulated knowledge of humankind to free-thinking children.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„The secret? If we have a cardinal strategy that forms the bedrock for all our practices, it may be this: Ask why. Ask it all the time, ask it any day, every day, and always ask it three times in a row.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

„When I asked once at a medical conference if anyone knew of an organism that enjoyed perpetual growth, someone said cancer and pointed out that it eventually kills its host.“ The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

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