Google, Apple and Semco

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Three articles, three companies and three very different managing styles. The articles look at how three very important people keep a handle on their employees. Steve Jobs co-founder of Apple and his non-text book approach to an autocratic managing style, CEO of Google Eric Schmit and his laissez-faire catastrophe and Ricardo Semler CEO of SEMCO and his participative ways that surprisingly seem to be working. All run in different markets and have created their own rules to follow. They are the companies paving the way and demonstrating how to be successful in traditional ways but with their own twist. Sometimes they may not seem like the most efficient ways to get your workers to be productive, but in these astounding cases they seem to be …show more content…

Google has even branched into software for mobile phone. They do everything and more.
SEMCO is changing the way people think about work, employees are trusted and treated like adults. They are allowed to make their own schedule and can vote on many decisions. It seems to be when employees are trusted by their employers; they have no problem with working and can be counted on to do what they are supposed to. SEMCO is a rapidly growing company (SEMCO et al, 2001), there for they need hardworking and dedicated workers. They have just that, and they keep those workers happy by three very important values, democracy, profit sharing and information. These three values rely on one another and without one the others would be rendered useless. The firm treats their workers beyond well, the theory is workers who can control the working conditions are going to be happier (SEMCO). Happier employees seem to make more motivated workers; they know the job and do the best work they can. There is management but any workers have the chance to come up with ideas, its all about equality. When the workers voted on a new building and the CEO didn’t agree he still went with the workers decision. Semler sticks to the plan even if it is not going his way. Autocratic, when a leader makes all decisions independently and leaves little opportunity for contributions in decision making from workers. This definition describes Steve Jobs