FORMER CEO AND PRESIDENT OF SEMCO. FOUNDER OF SEMCOSTYLE & THE LUMIAR INSTITUTE. ORGANISATIONAL CHANGEMAKER. EXPERT KEYNOTE SPEAKER ON THE FUTURE OF WORK.
Keynote speaker category: Leadership, Current trends, innovation, TED Speaker, entrepreneurship Keynote speaker topics: New world of work, The future of work, New work,Rethinking Business through Disruptive Management, The Future of Education Innovation, Millennials in the workplace, Ageism in the workplace, The generation gap, Happiness at work, Entrepreneurial courage in the workplace, Employee centric approach to management, Extreme Stakeholder Alignment.
Ricardo speaking at XING, future of work event in Hamburg 2019
Ricardo's famous TED talk ' How to run a company with almost no rules'
Ricardo Semler is the former CEO and president of Semco, which under his leadership grew from $4 million in revenue to over $160 million in about 20 years.
Best known for his radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering, Ricardo Semler is internationally recognized as a catalyst of change for employee-empowered leadership. When he became the CEO of his father's company, he reorganized it with the belief that less management and more flexibility meant a better workplace and bigger profits. Little did he know that his innovative business management policies would attract worldwide interest. Not only has Ricardo successfully transformed his organization to adopt innovative management practices to advance leadership and organizational effectiveness; under his mentorship, companies from a spectrum of industries have reshaped their companies to be more dynamic, innovative and people-centric.
As the best-selling author of the classic Maverick and The Seven-Day Weekend, Semler advocates for leadership to rewrite their corporate narratives to be driven by values of trust, self-management and creativity. Semler has reached thousands of international and corporate audiences through his guest lectures at MIT and Harvard and fostered a digital community of fans with his popular TED Talk: How to Run a Company with (almost) no rules and commentary and video shorts on social media. Passionate about providing avenues of change for youth, Semler also spearheaded the Brazil-based Lumiar School which infuses radical corporate democracy into early education.
Semler admits that his own company’s management agreements are not for everyone (managers determine their salaries, staff choose their bosses), but it is a success. Semco is now a $400 million business with additional minority interests in companies that add up to $9 billion in market value. Over the span of the last five years, Semler has helped reinvent several industries through his corporate innovation including: ETH, BrasilAgro, Tarpon Investimentos, Juritas and NGO.
Ricardo encourages audiences to question ideas, to take a realistic look at what works, what’s possible, and what makes sense in today’s world, given our technologies, the rapid pace of change and the increasing failure of current practice to adapt. Technology that was supposed to make life easier — laptops, cell phones, e-mail, pagers — have taken away much of our free time and destroyed the traditional 9 to 5 workday. Why, for instance, haven’t we learned to go golfing on Monday morning when we’ve learned to take our work home on Friday night? For bold innovators, Semler proposes a way to run a workplace that leads to greater productivity and greater flexibility for managers and employees alike. And for business leaders everywhere, he offers fresh alternatives to business as usual that inspire creative solutions to modern management problems.
Founder of Semco Style Institute (2016 - present) The institute teaches entrepreneurs and companies how to implement a people-centric management.
CEO and majority owner of Semco Partners, best known for its radical form of industrial democracy and corporate re-engineering.
Time featured him among its Global 100 young leaders profile series published in 1994 while the World Economic Forum also nominated him.
The Wall Street JournalAmerica Economia, The Wall Street Journal's Latin American magazine, named him Latin American businessman of the year in 1990.
Named Brazilian businessman of the year in 1990 and 1992. Virando a Própria Mesa ("Turning the Table on Yourself").
Testimonials 'We were thrilled to have Ricardo Semler at Bocconi. It was truly inspiring and thought provoking to learn from someone who actually implements his ideas in his own company. That takes vision & courage!' Joana Fratini International Development Manager SDA Bocconi School of Management