Beyond Empowerment to Self Management – Humanistic Management Professionals Lunch and Learn

Beyond Empowerment to Self Management with Doug Kirkpatrick

Join us Jan 25th 2019 at noon eastern for this Humanistic Management Professionals Lunch and Learn

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Co-creating a self-managed organizational ecosystem is more than just employee engagement, business performance, retention, and less bureaucracy. It’s the right thing to do.

Is it really possible to run a company without bosses? The answer is yes. Morning Star grew to be the world’s largest tomato producer without any human bosses. The organization is run entirely through collaborative agreement.

They have 2 guiding rules. There should be no work done through force or coercion. And we should all honor our commitment to each other.

Running a company without human bosses and without hierarchy does present challenges. People can’t be fired because there is no command authority over others. What there are instead are collaborative commitments to each other.  Our guest, Doug Kirkpatrick will discuss how self management organizations work and answer questions about how to make this actually work.

About our Guest:

Doug KirkpatrickDoug Kirkpatrick served as the first financial controller for Morning Star, now the world’s largest tomato processing company. The founder introduced the startup team to the core principles of self-management, which they immediately adopted. At Morning Star, Doug learned that organizational self-management is real, it works and it drives superior business performance.

In 2008, Doug Kirkpatrick co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, with the mission of instantiating organizational self-management principles with effective education, tools, and practices.

As a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, he now speaks and consults on organizational self-management theory and practice. NuFocus originated as a full-spectrum international consulting firm based in Canada, delivering client solutions for business strategy, marketing, operations, finance, international trade, infotech, entrepreneurship, HR, leadership, and learning systems. He does consult on this topic and you can find him at:

To learn more about Doug and his work on self management- view his Tedx talk.


Jennifer HancockJennifer Hancock is the author of several award winning books and the founder of Humanist Learning Systems. Jennifer is considered one of the top speakers and writers in the world of Humanism today. Her professional background is varied including stints in both the for profit and non-profit sectors. She has served as Director of Volunteer Services for the Los Angeles SPCA, sold international franchise licenses for a biotech firm, was the Manager of Acquisition Group Information for a ½ billion dollar company and served as the executive director for the Humanists of Florida before founding her own company. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association. (

Elizabeth CastilloElizabeth Castillo is an associate professor at CISA – Leadership and Interdisciplinary Studies at Arizona State University and affiliated faculty at the Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment.Castillo’s scholarship is focused on how we can create a sustainable economy that works for everyone. Dr. Castillo addresses this problem by investigating capitalization of organizations, particularly the role that intangible assets (e.g., social, cultural, and political capital) play in producing social, financial, and environmental returns (the triple bottom line). Her interdisciplinary research is inspired by two decades of management experience in the nonprofit sector, including the San Diego Natural History Museum and Balboa Park Cultural Partnership. She is a board member for the USA Chapter of the International Humanistic Management Association.  You can find her at:

Our Learning Partner:

Humanist Learning Systems is our learning partner for this series. This program is being submitted to both HRCI and SHRM for continuing education credits and participants will be able to request certificates of completion. To learn more about Humanist Learning Systems visit:

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