Google’s non-freedom culture: our article in WSJ

October 12, 2013

Here is with some delay the article we published in the Wall Street Journal on the coming out of 20% time as a perk–not an aspect of the freedom-based culture in Google. How an Endangered Google Policy Got Results By BRIAN M. CARNEY and ISAAC GETZ Published reports in recent weeks […]

Inside Zappos culture

September 24, 2013

We have studied for our book Zappos, then a young company. Since then, it has been acquired by but its culture seems to go on and Tony Hsie, the leader who built it and maintains it. Here are a couple of videos describing Zappos culture.

Ricardo Semler on the door which open opens only for you

September 9, 2013

Ricardo Semler is one of the best thinkers among the leaders who built a freedom-based organization. In this 6′ video he takes Kafka’s parables to deliver a powerful message to every leader and every man and woman.

Our WSJ Op-Ed on why Google’s culture is NOT a freedom-of-initiative one

September 7, 2013

Why Google’s 20% time was a perk and not a part of the freedom-of-initiaitve culture By BRIAN M. CARNEY  and ISAAC GETZ Recent reports indicate that Google has been effectively zeroing out employees’ “20% time”—the policy of letting Googlers spend a fifth of their time working on whatever innovative, maybe even […]

Indulging employees is no substitute for engaging them

July 12, 2013

  “Leaders will buy miserable employees latte machines for their offices, give them free lunch and sodas, or even worse — just let them all work at home, hailing an ‘enlightened’ policy of telecommuting. Hell, some of these practices might even earn your company a business magazine’s Great Place to […]

The True Cost of a Bad Boss and What to Do about It

March 10, 2013
Youtube bad boss

Bad managers’ plot ?   We wrote about the tremendous costs of stress to organizations. It’s also known that one of the key stressors for employees consists in conflictual relations with their manager. Below is a nice, less than 2 minutes video detailing all the damage it does to the […]