Doug Kirkpatrick

Doug Kirkpatrick is an organizational change consultant, TEDx and keynote speaker, executive coach, author, and educator. He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post blog on Great Work Cultures and the author of “Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization.” As a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, an international consulting firm, he leads organizational change and education initiatives around the world.
The first season of his business career was spent in the manufacturing sector, principally with The Morning Star Company, a world leader in the food industry, as a financial controller. He now engages with the Leadwise Community, People-Centric Organizations, the Center for Innovative Cultures, Great Work Cultures, Work Revolution and other vibrant organizations and leaders to co-create the future of management.

Speed talk

“The No-Limits Enterprise”

Management is broken beyond repair. Chains of command, forged in pursuit of the illusion of control are shackling business performance and human potential everywhere. Studies show that leaders are experiencing high anxiety over the accelerating complexity of business systems. The convergence of blockchain, AI, virtual reality, nanotech, robotics, genetic engineering and other technologies are disrupting massive swaths of the world economy.

The founder of VISA, Dee Hock, famously stated that “Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.” Business is complex enough without adding layers of complex people management systems. Does simplicity offer a way out of management purgatory?

This talk will explore the principles and practices of the growing population of vanguard companies that are embracing simple human principles and moving beyond profit to purpose, beyond engagement to belonging, beyond mission to meaning, beyond empowerment to power, beyond stakeholders to community, and beyond collaboration to love.