Category Archives: Workplace Democracy

Zappos, Kinko’s, and The Weak Link

Tony Hsieh’s Delivering Happiness is crushing E Pluribus Kinko’s in Amazon’s sales rankings for a lot of reasons, but one of them is surely the fact that Hsieh’s company, Zappos, still exists. I stewed about ten years too long before … Continue reading

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Press Release: Business Essays by Kinko’s Founder Now Available for Kindle

Paul Orfalea’s Two Billion Dollars in Nickels – Reflections on the Entrepreneurial Life, is now available in Kindle format for instant download to electronic readers, cell phones, and computers. Originally published as a paperback in 2008, the book features concise … Continue reading

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Change the World by Changing the Workplace

Ironically, if you want to hit people where they live, you need to hit them where they work. For better or worse, work dominates much of our time and identity. I believe the first step to a more democratic world … Continue reading

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Muggles In The Workplace

Even though I cannot get Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert to look at my book, much less invite me to appear on their shows, I do spend a fair amount of time talking to them while on long drives. During … Continue reading

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Don’t Raise the Bar; Find People Who Jump for Love of the Sky

Our guest speaker from the HR department made a tactical error one December evening in 1988: she thought she was asking a rhetorical question. “Isn’t there a place for mediocre coworkers in a large organization?” “NO!” we roared in unison. … Continue reading

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The Best Job You Ever Had

One inspiration for writing E Pluribus Kinko’s was the fact that hundreds of former coworkers told me that Kinko’s was the best job they ever had. Some qualified the sentiment by saying it was the best job they ever had … Continue reading

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Strong Leaders Choose Choice

Knee-jerk critics of organizational democracy typically misrepresent a self-governed workplace as some sort of directionless commune. Yet, as I point out in E Pluribus Kinko’s, strong leadership is a key prerequisite for the kind of democracy we encouraged. We wanted … Continue reading

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