Running a business that is not only profitable but that also enriches lives is extremely important to me. Throughout my career as a software engineer I’ve sometimes felt like I was just another “resource” making sure that “deliverables” were delivered. I knew that there must be another way. What would the world be like if people were treated with dignity in their jobs, and given the freedom to grow and thrive? I’ve always tried to stick to these ideals in the growth of Quick Left, and it was truly a treat to see that there were others who shared our vision.
Last May, Becca and I attended WorldBlu LIVE, where we met and shared ideas with top democratic leaders and organizations such as DaVita, Zappos, and WD-40. You can check out some of what we learned at the conference, as well as general gotchas for running a democratic organization here.
We identified with the goals and principles of WorldBlu's democratic workplaces. Quick Left had been democratic since inception, but with these companies as guides, we solidified more practices of a democratic workplace and applied to be considered on the 2012 WorldBlu list.
We’re excited to announce that we’ve made the 2012 WorldBlu List of Most Democratic Workplaces! You can read the full press release here.
We’ve also learned a ton about what it takes to truly run a democratic company. So stay tuned! Because in the following weeks, I’ll share some tips on how to run your own democratic organization the Quick Left way.
As a side note, there must be something in the water. Quite a few Colorado companies also made the list so a big shout out goes to the following companies: