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Ricardo-Semler-263x263RICARDO SEMLER created a company named SEMCO back in 1980, and has continued his amazing work since then.

Check out the video below, where you’ll hear about what SEMCO did to redesign its company with an absolute minimum of rules and obstacles.

No stable job roles.

No defined work hours, days, locations.

Freely open information sharing.

It’s stunning, because it breaks every convention we have about what a business is supposed to look like.  Read the rest of this entry »

HFM logoMEDICAL CARE is going through traumatic changes in this country. You might not be aware, but primary care family physicians are disappearing rapidly – either by being gobbled up into large care groups, or going out of business.

The net effect of this is that quality of primary care is going down and options are disappearing.
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B-CORPS (Benefit Corporations) are a new kind of business structure which is sweeping across the US.  Its official name is now Public Benefit Corporation, which defines a legal structure in which a company can balance profit-making with other important business goals.

We’re particularly lucky in Colorado to be on the leading edge of this opportunity, which might be of great interest to readers of this blog.

I’d like to introduce to you Ariana Friedlander, who has been following these developments.  I asked her to give us some insight into this news, so here goes!


On May 16, 2013 Colorado Governor Hickenlooper signed Public Benefit Corporation Legislation into law making Colorado one of 20 states to pass such a bill. Starting April 1, 2014, companies in Colorado may begin registering as a Public Benefit Corporation (PBC). But what does this mean for business?

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Here’s the story of what most companies do:  deliver products and services, build a loyal customer base, and make as much money as possible.  Eventually the owner retires rich, sipping rum drinks in the Caribbean and perhaps playing some golf.

While that’s a lovely scenario, it’s not very deep.

When I coach business owners, I often find that there are some goals which are much deeper, more heartfelt.  The companies who are driven by something deeper are different.

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