Summary of How to Run a Company with (Almost) No Rules

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“Work-life balance” isn’t merely a buzzword for Ricardo Semler, a CEO who pioneered putting the concept into practice 30 years ago.


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Three decades ago, Ricardo Semler, the CEO of Brazilian conglomerate Semco, began to challenge deeply ingrained corporate practices. His revolutionary management techniques were so ahead of their time that they are only now starting to gain a foothold in the corporate world. Semler then brought this same radical, democratic spirit to education, and his foundation operates three schools “designed for wisdom.” getAbstract believes his inspiring ideas will prompt you to take a fresh look at how you live and will spark corporations to reconsider how they operate.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What revolutionary management ideas Brazilian conglomerate Semco introduced to the corporate landscape,
  • How to “organize for wisdom” and
  • How innovations in education are creating a platform for teaching for wisdom.


If your doctor gave you just six months to live, you might vow to visit new places or spend more time with your family. Instead of waiting for a dismal diagnosis, Ricardo Semler, CEO of Brazilian conglomerate Semco, designated two “terminal days” in his personal workweek to devote to the activities ...
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Organizational changemaker Ricardo Semler is the CEO of Brazilian conglomerate Semco Partners.

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