134: Under New Management: Upending Business As Usual | with David Burkus



UnderGreat leaders don’t innovate products, they innovate the factory.

Through most of the 20th century, great leaders focused on reinventing the factory. From Frederick Taylor to Henry Ford, the industrial age was made by people who could envision the best way to design the organization around the product.

Today, much of the world has moved from the factory floor to the factory of minds. That calls for a reinvention of the factory and a redesign of the way we do business. The best leaders have already started reinventing the factory once more.

In his latest book, Under New Management, David Burkus has collected stories of dozens of companies that make this journey. Drawing on decades of research, he has found that many decades-old management practices have now become counter-productive. In their place, leading organizations are finding new ways to enhance productivity and engagement, including:

  • Outlaw email,
  • Put customers second,
  • Lose the standard vacation policy,
  • Pay people to quit,
  • Make salaries transparent,
  • Ditch performance appraisals,
  • Close open offices,
  • Take sabbaticals, and
  • Fire the managers.

David Burkus is a best-selling author, an award-winning podcaster, and management professor. In 2015, he was named one of the emerging thought leaders most likely to shape the future of business by Thinkers50, the world’s premier ranking of management thinkers. David has delivered keynote speeches and workshops for Fortune 500 companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Stryker; at in-demand conferences such as SXSW and TEDx events; and to governmental leaders and military leaders at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval Postgraduate School.

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