Secret #43.5: What I Believe About Anarchism and Business


Excerpted from Zingerman’s Guide to Good Leading, Part 4:
A Lapsed Anarchist’s Approach to the Power of Beliefs in Business

Ari’s original interest in anarchist thinking goes back to his days in school at the University of Michigan. The ideas that came out of it lay dormant for most of the following three decades. But in the last six or seven years, he’s become increasingly intrigued. He believes that there’s a lot for those of us who are trying to run caring, progressive businesses to learn from anarchist ideas about free choice, respect for every individual, community-oriented collaboration, and the ability of everyone in an organization to contribute as much to leadership thinking and business management as they might to lifting boxes or laying stone.