W.L. Gore’s management model

Gary Hamel describes W.L. Gore’s original management model in this story on innovation democracy. Lessons learned are to:

  • Believe in people – trusted them to be passionate and engaged in their work
  • Lead with (and live) your values – walk the talk, every day
  • Take the long view – foster employee growth and innovation
  • Be bold – give time, patience, and freedom to innovate, even if that means making mistakes
  • It’s not an option – a collaborative work environment where information is freely shared

See also Gary’s interview with W.L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly.

Published by Jan Höglund

Jan Höglund has over 35 years of experience in different roles as software developer, project manager, line manager, consultant, and researcher. This is his personal blog where he shares his reading, book reviews, and learning.

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