Response to Herman Miller CEO, Max De Pree, from a young employee in Herman Miller’s research department when Mr. De Pree told him that he was thinking about writing a book on leadership and requested his help on editing.
Now, that’s a culture in which employees feel free to speak their minds. Google could learn a few things from Mr. De Pree’s acceptance of criticism from employees. Mr. De Pree died August 8, 2017 at age 92 in his beloved Michigan. RIP, Mr. De Pree, and thanks for your book on leadership that taught us to have covenants with employees, vendors, and customers. Peter Drucker thought that Mr. De Pree had important things to say; he just kept it brief.