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Imagine a company of any size:
- With no titles, no departments, no corporate ladder, no office hours, unlimited vacation time, and profit sharing for everyone.
- That invites the whole person to work, not just the part tied to the machine.
- Where leaders hire people they will never have to manage, in fact where there are no employees or managers at all, just Stakeholders.
- With no written policies or HR department, because rules destroy creativity.
- Where the driving force is Making Meaning, not just money, and as a result, everyone makes a lot more of both.
AN OVERVIEW OF THE BOOK AND WHY YOU SHOULD PLEDGE
Great Toys. Bad Karma
We have entered a new era called The Participation Age, and the hallmark of the Participation Age is “sharing”. The marching orders of the traditional office are, “Show up early, leave late, shut up, sit down, don’t make waves, live invisibly,” and worst of all, “go out quietly”. Employees are told when to show up, what time recess and lunch are, and exactly what they should do while they are there. Pretty much the same way we would treat a five year old.
The Participation Age workers won’t put up with being treated like children, locked down daily for nine hours in the office day care center and told exactly what to do. The Participation Age demands we allow people to share in the creative process of building the company together, and in the rewards that come from doing so.
There is no turning back. The Industrial Age is behind us and the Participation Age is fully upon us. People today want to Make Meaning, not just money. To get there, we have to recognize and confront the seven core business diseases of the Industrial Age that were developed for the Factory System. Those management practices will not serve us in the Participation Age. The cure has become the disease.
Employee – One of the Business Diseases of the Industrial Age
The modern concept of an employee is just one of those diseases. We expect people to be adults when they live across the street, or at the grocery store, driving a car, or eating at a restaurant. But when it comes to work, we herd them into the office day care center like children, tell them exactly when to show up and go home, when recess begins, how long lunch can be, and exactly what they should do all day long. We tell them not to question authority, be blindly loyal to those in charge, and live passively as others direct their lives; pretty much what we would want a preschooler to do. Employees are just children in adult bodies.
But companies who embrace the Participation Age are replacing employees with Stakeholders, who are self-managed adults, who don’t need a day care supervisor. Stakeholders are measured not by where they work, or even when they work, but by what they accomplish. They don’t need promotions, titles, vacation time or other archaic Industrial Age controlling mechanisms. Stakeholders work more effectively, get more time off, and build an integrated work/home life where they can Make Meaning, not just money.
Our company rejects the business diseases of the Industrial Age. And as a result we have grown by 50% to 100% every year in the last four years. In our groundbreaking book, Why Employees Are Always a Bad Idea, we expose all 15 of these business diseases, and we share stories of a growing wave of old and new companies, from 20 Stakeholders to 10,000, who are embracing the Participation Age with us.
If you are a Stakeholder looking to Make Meaning, you will want to read this book to help you find the companies that are looking for you and that can provide the perfect culture fit. If you are the owner of a small company, a manager in any company, or the CEO of a big one, you will want to read this book to find out how you should do business in the Participation Age, and how you can attract the best Stakeholders for your company.
Join us in bringing this book to life and in carrying the message of the Participation Age Stakeholder to the business world? Stand with us, and the growing wave of companies building the future of business, where both the company and the Stakeholders can Make Meaning while also making money.
Don’t wait. Pledge now. Thank you for partnering with us.
Who Am I?
I’ve built seven businesses in five different industries, but now I focus all my energy on helping others figure out how to build a business that makes money while they are on vacation. We’ve helped business owners on four continents get off the treadmill and my new book, How Employees Are Always a Bad Idea, will help them even more.
My much better half, Diane, runs the operations side of our business. Our three grown kids are scattered around the U.S. and all own their own businesses – I guess it’s in the DNA.
I regularly do keynotes and workshops – dozens every year. It keeps me sharp and helps me learn what is actually going on in the trenches of business. Our customers are scattered around the U.S. and the world. Writing what I’m learning is a passion, so you’ll occasionally see my work in rags like the Harvard Business Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, NYTimes.com, and various online mediums. As well, it was my great honor to be cited by Dr. Stephen Covey in his last book, The 3rd Alternative, before he sadly passed away. The world misses him.
I’ve played a lot of soccer (football) and low-handicap golf in my life, but my passion now is biking – the pedal kind. It’s great exercise, takes no thinking, let’s me see the world, and allows me to compete or smell the roses, depending on the ride.
What You Are Funding With Your Pledge?
First and foremost, you’re funding your own copies of my new book, Why Employees Are Always a Bad Idea, in your favorite format, for around the same cost as if you ordered it from Amazon or our own website. Shipping is included and you’ll get it as much as two months ahead of the market, and the satisfaction of having helped us get it out there fast. At various levels, you’re also funding your own clock, bookmarks, one2ones, workshops, and even keynote speaker.
Second, with your pre-orders of the book and other materials, you’ll be pre-funding the costs of putting this book on the street. So not only will your pledge get great benefits to you fast, it will pre-fund structural editing by experts, copy editing and line editing by a whole different set of experts, cover design, book layout, website design and programming, printing of the first few thousand books, and initial marketing to people who can open the gates to thousands of readers. And if we manage to surpass our goal, we plan to use the extra funds to begin work on a book ordering website with practical tools that aids in building a Participation Age company and learning how to be a stakeholder. As well, we plan to use the extra funds to make the website interactive in order to connect Participation Age companies with stakeholders and create an audio verision of the book. It costs a lot of money to put a book out, and we’re thrilled that you would want your copy early enough to help us out.