“A company has a responsibility beyond making a profit for stockholders; it has a responsibility to recognize the dignity of its employees as human beings, to the well-being of its customers, and to the community at large.”

– The HP Way, David Packard

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In the 1950s the founders of Hewlett Packard, Dave Packard and Bill Hewlett, who are often referred to as the founders of Silicon Valley, developed what is now known as the HP Way. It was  based on the fundamental belief that in order to excel, you need to create a workplace that fosters teamwork, encourages high achievement, and rewards loyalty. Over 60 years later, Heiko Fischer (referred to by leading management thinker Gary Hamel as the Tony Stark of Human Resources) founded Resourceful Humans (RH), basing it on the HP Way and including management philosophies developed in innovative companies like WL Gore and Ricardo Semler’s Semco Partners, as well as drawing on Heiko’s experience working at eBay, General Motors and Bayer.

During his time at Crytek, Europe’s most successful independent videogames company, Heiko and his team established the RH-Way, which is a management framework built on the mantra of “100% entrepreneurship, 0% bureaucracy”. The business  was designed around a network of entrepreneurial teams contributing autonomously to the best interest of its customers. After the success of the experiment at Crytek, in collaboration with Angela Maus and Markus Tacker, Heiko founded Resourceful Humans in late 2011 to bring the RH-Way into some of the world’s most successful companies. In 2014, RH was awarded the Management Innovation Award for enabling democratic entrepreneurship at HAUFE. RH combines its maverick management framework with cutting edge networking technology like aiRH, to optimize work environments for people and products.

a-connect is sponsoring the latest podcast episode of Innovation Ecosystem, in which Heiko and Mark are discussing how the RH way came into being through Heiko’s time at Crytek, how the core principles behind the RH philosophy “100% entrepreneurship, 0% bureaucracy” work in practice, and how gamification in the workplace can help us solve the problem of unproductive meetings (among other things).

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