In my last book, The Values-Driven Organisation, I devoted a whole chapter to organisational democracy. I introduced the chapter by saying:
At this point in our collective human history, we are witnessing an unprecedented shift in human values. Millions of people all over the world are demanding their voices be heard, not just in how our nations are governed, but also in how our organizations are run. They want equality, fairness, openness and transparency; they want to be responsible and accountable for their lives; and, they want to trust and be trusted. They also want to work for organizations that are seen to be ethical and do the right thing in the eyes of society. They want to be proud of the organization they work for.
I am pleased to announce that my company, the Barrett Values Centre, for the third year running made the annual WorldbBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces.
Phil Clothier our CEO made the following statement:
I believe the job of the CEO is to serve everyone else in the organization and create the conditions where people can be happy, be brilliant and shine. I don’t know all the answers and it would be hard work running a control- based organization where that pretense existed. When I am open to the input of all the people in the organization, things work so much better.
Well done Phil and the whole management team, I am proud of you all. I know how hard it is to embrace democracy in business, but when you do, the results are amazing. The other companies that made the list can be found by clicking here. If you want to find out more about WorldBlu and their democratic principles, click here.