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Sunrise photo I took this weekend in Hualien County, Taiwan.

On a sunny spring day in early 2016, Rafael approached me about a team he was putting together. I had met Rafael a few years earlier through my work running a design thinking learning and consulting company.

“I think this really connects with your purpose,” Rafael said, and I agreed.

I left my New York-based finance career in May of 2013 with no idea what I would do next career-wise. …

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Here are LeadWise, we help you transform the workplace. We want you and those you work with you do your best work and be your best selves. We, like you, want to change traditional work cultures that run on hierarchies and false power.

To change work cultures, we need to develop new leadership skills — skills different than the traditional ones that have gotten us thus far.

So, we’ve teamed up with pioneering collective Enspiral to launch LeadWise Academy’s Practical Self-Management Intensive.

Self-management is a never-ending process of learning — about the broader functions of an organization, our own capacity and confidence to step into roles and collaboration and trust.

The Intensive is a 5-week…

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Photo by Tran Mau Tri Tam

If you liked our 7 movements to understand the future of work post, you’ll enjoy this one.

In our original post we talked about people-centric management and 7 movements that illustrate where work is headed.

But that was just the beginning.

There are several groups of people that are experimenting with new work environments, allowing for humans to flourish and thrive.

In this post, we’ll summarize 7 additional movements helping change how work works.


WorldBlu’s purpose is to develop world-class freedom-centered organizations and leaders. They support organizational democracy which is based on freedom, instead of fear and control. This way…

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After months of planning and hard work, we’ve launched our podcast — Leading Wisely.

In it, our co-founder Ricardo Semler invites you to join his conversations with changemakers seeking wisdom in work and life.

In our first two episodes, Ricardo sits down with Jason Fried and DHH from Basecamp as they discuss “dinosaur business models” of the past.

Later in the first season, our guests include Tony Hsieh from Zappos, Rich Sheridan from Menlo Innovations, Frederic Laloux author of Reinventing Organizations, and others.

Check it out. We hope you enjoy it!

If you liked this, sign up now to our…

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Photo by Joshua Clay

We’ve explored how organizations that focus on their people — we’ve been calling them people-centric organizations — create more gratifying workplaces. Take for example Spotify, FAVI, Patagonia, and Semco.

While these companies have different practices, the common foundation on which they’ve built their people-centric organizations is trust.

We sometimes think that trust-building is a long process, requiring persistence, time and many actions. And yes, that is partially true — trust can take years to build, and an instant to evaporate.

However, there are things you can do to start building trust right now. Here are some of them:

1. Freely give trust away

Immediately assume…

Work is changing. So much so, there aren’t even good words to describe where it’s headed yet.

We at LeadWise believe that work is becoming more centered around people instead of mechanistic systems. What does this mean? Basically, the people that work at/with a company will be more able to bring their full selves to work, instead of having to wear masks to fit into traditional corporate models.

For this reason, we call this evolution People-Centric Management.

People-Centric Management models aren’t monolithic in nature. While they share philosophical similarities, their main styles propose tools and paths to suit different organizations.

Hi! I’m Mariana, and I’m one of the team members at Semco Digital.

If you’re interested in organizational design, you will recognize the name Semco. Semco is a trailblazing company from Brazil that has pioneered many employee-friendly practices since the 1980s, achieving astounding growth (40% a year) while maintaining high employee engagement and low turnover (2% per year).

Ricardo Semler, CEO of Semco for over 20 years, was the mastermind behind these changes. His experiences have been chronicled in the international best sellers Maverick and 7 Day Weekend, as well as his popular TED talk.

Semco Digital was born in…

A vegetarian questions.

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I’ve become a vegetarian twice in my life. First in college, moved by environmental and economic (as in, meat production is inefficient) concerns. I made it without animal meat — fish are animals too — for a eyar before lapsing into a medium-rare entraña at my brother’s birthday party at an Argentinean steakhouse.

The second time I quit meat, it happened gradually through my mid-to-late 20s. While I still harbored environmental and economic concerns, I started becoming deeply concerned about the plight of farm animals.

You see, I don’t have a problem with death. I know my…

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A few months ago I applied to one — just one — graduate program. I was happy to be admitted but ultimately decided I wasn’t prepared to go into debt for letters after my name.

I’m quite happy with the essay I wrote as part of the application, though — it concisely depicts my journey from studious kid to corporate cog to traveler to the….person I am today. I’m sharing it here in the hopes that you find it entertaining and maybe — just maybe — elucidating.



Our society is in a weird state. If studies are to…

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A little over than a week ago I came back to my life after a 10-day silent meditation retreat.

The goal of the retreat is to teach Vipassana, a Buddhist meditation technique grounded on feeling your breathing and bodily sensations as a way to realize the impermanence of everything. This in turn breaks you free from the bondage of dukkha — loosely translated as suffering or unsatisfactoriness — when you develop equanimity — emotional evenness — making enlightenment possible.

Hope that made sense.

The retreat — or course, as the organizers call it — is not meant to be vacation…

Mariana Rego

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