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Menlo Innovations: A WorldBlu certified Freedom-Centered Workplace™

We Make Results Happen

The proven Freedom at Work™ system isn’t about overnight success, quick-fixes,
Band-Aid approaches or one-off seminars.

It is about a complete strategy for culture transformation.

Our clients have achieved extraordinary results because they were willing to do the work necessary to get there, kept an open mind, and made the tough choices along the way.

They were willing to take extreme ownership of their success.

As a result, they’ve built workplaces where people – and the bottom-line – thrive.

7x The Growth

According to an independent analysis,
companies that practiced the proven
Freedom at Work™ system achieved
on average 7 times greater revenue growth
over a three-year period compared to S&P 500 companies.

In other words, WorldBlu clients achieved
a staggering 103% revenue growth rate
compared to S&P 500 companies
which only achieved a 15% revenue growth rate during that same period.

Superior Resiliency

During the Great Recession, over 10% of
companies failed (meaning they went out of business),
whereas WorldBlu companies practicing the
Freedom at Work™ system had only a 4.6% exit rate,
proving to be much more resilient
during challenging economic times.

In short, 95% of WorldBlu clients practicing the Freedom at Work™ system survived
the Great Recession.

“We Doubled Our Revenue In Just One Year.”

I remember it like it was yesterday. The dopamine hit of discovery as I realized I didn’t have to mimic the businesses around me, even the ones I deeply admired.

We were struggling. We had a structure we thought followed best practice: myself as CEO, a General Manager leading operations and functional heads for the key areas. But it never worked. The team were disempowered, even infantilized.

My epiphany came when I looked honestly at the WorldBlu democratic principle of decentralization. I realized decision-making should happen as close as possible to the work or the data. I proposed a new leadership structure: a team of equals, serving the business.

A year later and the leadership team is knocking it out of the park; they’re aligned, committed and accountable.

And WorldBlu has delivered benefits directly to our bottom-line, with revenue DOUBLING in just one year.

- Nathan Donaldson, CEO, Boost

I remember it like it was yesterday. The dopamine hit of discovery as I realized I didn’t have to mimic the businesses around me, even the ones I deeply admired.

We were struggling. We had a structure we thought followed best practice: myself as CEO, a General Manager leading operations and functional heads for the key areas. But it never worked. The team were disempowered, even infantilized.

My epiphany came when I looked honestly at the WorldBlu democratic principle of decentralization. I realized decision-making should happen as close as possible to the work or the data. I proposed a new leadership structure: a team of equals, serving the business.

A year later and the leadership team is knocking it out of the park; they’re aligned, committed and accountable.

And WorldBlu has delivered benefits directly to our bottom-line, with revenue DOUBLING in just one year.
- Nathan Donaldson, CEO, Boost

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Boost

A WorldBlu certified
Freedom-Centered Workplace™

“Freedom at Work took us from $0 to a $175 Million Sale in Just Two Years.”

When we started DreamHost in 1997 we knew immediately that the traditional top-down style of management wasn’t going to work for us - we wanted to give our team a voice and a say in the direction of the company.

We had created a Freedom-Centered Workplace before we even realized there was a name for it . . .

Those values carried through to our founding of spinoff company, called Inktank, in 2012. We infused WorldBlu’s principles into our shared thoughts on leadership, organizational design, and employee participation from the very beginning, and it paid off in a big way! Just two years after its inception, Inktank was purchased by Red Hat for $175 million. We saw first-hand that a culture built on trust, freedom, and a shared vision can have incredible value, and so did the 200 people who benefited financially from the sale!

- Dallas Kashuba, Co-Founder, Dreamhost

When we started DreamHost in 1997 we knew immediately that the traditional top-down style of management wasn’t going to work for us - we wanted to give our team a voice and a say in the direction of the company.

We had created a Freedom-Centered Workplace before we even realized there was a name for it . . .

Those values carried through to our founding of spinoff company, called Inktank, in 2012. We infused WorldBlu’s principles into our shared thoughts on leadership, organizational design, and employee participation from the very beginning, and it paid off in a big way!

Just two years after its inception, Inktank was purchased by Red Hat for $175 million. We saw first-hand that a culture built on trust, freedom, and a shared vision can have incredible value, and so did the 200 people who benefited financially from the sale!
- Dallas Kashuba, Co-Founder, Dreamhost

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Dreamhost

A WorldBlu certified
Freedom-Centered Workplace™

“We Grew 12x with WorldBlu.”

We've been a part of the WorldBlu community since 2009. And with WorldBlu’s help, we've grown more than 12 times since then.

Our growth and success is a direct result of our culture, which is guided by the freedom-centered and democratic principles that WorldBlu represents.

- Matt Perez, COO, Nearsoft

We've been a part of the WorldBlu community since 2009. And with WorldBlu’s help, we've grown more than 12 times since then.

Our growth and success is a direct result of our culture, which is guided by the freedom-centered and democratic principles that WorldBlu represents.
- Matt Perez, COO, Nearsoft

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Nearsoft

A WorldBlu certified
Freedom-Centered Workplace™

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"Companies With Freedom-Centered Cultures Enjoy Better Returns."

At WD-40 Company, we consider our people to be one of our most valuable assets. Many years ago, we set out to create and sustain a culture that would consistently promote meaningful work life in the organization. We respect each other as people first, and strive to include the consideration of the entire “tribe” of WD-40 Company employees in everything we do. We believe that by practicing inclusiveness in decision-making and empowering individuals to control as much of their work methods and priorities as practical and possible, we create a culture of engaged and passionate employees. Third party research has shown that companies with strong cultures and higher engagement levels enjoy better returns and stronger growth. As a publicly-traded company, strong returns help ensure that we can maintain our strategic course and strength of culture, while fulfilling our responsibilities to shareholders. Read More ...Read Less

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Garry Ridge

CEO, The WD-40 Company

"Freedom at Work allows me to go all in."

Having the freedom that I do in my work at Zappos allows me to go all-in. It empowers me to take full ownership over my projects, my career path, and the culture we create. That same freedom affords me opportunities that I might never have had at a traditional company. At Zappos, I can reinvent myself daily based on the company’s and my needs. Read More ...Read Less

Zappos

Krissee Danger

Deputy Chief of Staff, Zappos

"Creating a freedom-based environment is essential."

Our teammates have a central role in shaping the future of DaVita and our ability to innovate. Creating a freedom-based environment where individual voices are heard is essential in that journey. Read More ...Read Less

DaVita

Kent Thiry

CEO, DaVita

"Freedom at Work Helps us achieve our financial goals."

Geonetric is a Freedom-Centered Workplace because we remain convinced it’s the best way to implement our mission: to build an exceptional team that does revolutionary work to “wow!” our clients. Freedom at Work™ means we trust our employees in ways most traditional corporations fear. Our employees are financially savvy; they understand our financial goals and how their team’s work contributes to Geonetric’s overall success. Our employees also understand our clients, their needs, and the ever-changing healthcare market. Because teams are able to organize, prioritize, and manage their own work, they deliver value to our clients faster than ever. The people closest to, and most knowledgeable about, any problem are the ones who are responsible for solving it. The results? Consistently high scores in both client and employee satisfaction, the ability to hire and retain top talent in a highly competitive environment, achieving our financial goals, and helping our clients do the same. Read More ...Read Less

Geonetric

Eric Engelmann

Founder, Geonetric

"Freedom at work is right in principle and practice."

Freedom at Work™ is right in principle and right in practice. A freedom-centered workplace means one where people are able to focus on simply doing their best, rather than politics and silly rules. It can create a great place to work in, and as a result, a more effective, productive, and profitable company. Freedom at Work™ is common sense. Why would anybody want to restrict people’s freedom?
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Happy

Henry Stewart

CEO, Happy, Ltd.

"Freedom at work has driven a 10% reduction in labor cost."

At NRI, the values of “Fairness + Dignity” and “Individual + Collective” drive our belief that we must commit to the people who come to work every day if we expect them to make any sort of commitment to us. Our challenge was to break the industry norm of using temp agency employees, and hire people based on values and fit within NRI. We mentored people, set specific goals and accountability, and increased the ratio of NRI employees on the production floor from 40% to 99%. These people are now more engaged, happier, and have seen an increase in pay and benefits, and NRI has seen a 10% reduction in labor cost.
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NRI

Bruce Churchill

Chief Financial Officer, NRI

"You achieve your highest aspirations when you operate from a place of freedom."

I believe you achieve your highest aspirations and dreams when you operate from a place of freedom and inspiration, rather than fear. Bringing my team into true ownership and vision of sweetriot passes on this energy of freedom-based thinking.
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Sarah Endline

Mastermind & Chief Rioter (aka: Founder & CEO), sweetriot

"Working in a freedom-centered workplace is a breath of fresh air!"

Working in a freedom-centered, democratic workplace is a breath of fresh air! Over the years, I have been a slave to micromanaging supervisors, stressing over perfect time clock punches, and subjected to unfair schedule and workplace practices. DreamHost sounded way too good to be true, and I was waiting for the honeymoon to be over. Several years later, and I’m still a happy camper! Freedom at Work™ used to be an unfamiliar concept as I have never had that before. It’s refreshing to see honest and open conversations regarding all aspects of the company, and all the cards on the table, whether good or bad. Read More ...Read Less

Dreamhost

Jamie Muller

Customer Experience, DreamHost

"The democratic principles we follow have kept Great Harvest relevant and agile."

Great Harvest is made up of smart, capable individuals whose ideas, creativity, and ability to collaborate for the greater good, are crucial to our long-term success. We’re into our third decade in business and truly believe the democratic principles we follow have kept Great Harvest relevant and agile. Read More ...Read Less

Great Harvest

Mike Ferretti

Chairman + CEO, Great Harvest

"Freedom at work allows people to bring their true best selves to work every day."

At New Belgium, we knew early on that we wanted to share the rights and responsibilities of ownership with our co-workers. We initially created a phantom stock plan which has transitioned into a full, 100% employee-owned, ESOP. Part of being an owner here is understanding the business of running the business. To that end, we practice open book management and engage all co-workers in our annual strategic planning. We encourage open and honest communications throughout the organization. You can question, prod, and disagree with decisions, which makes for a robust planning process. We feel transparency and inclusivity foster trust and engagement, while allowing people to bring their true best selves [to work] every day. Read More ...Read Less

New Belgium

Kim Jordan

Founder, New Belgium Brewing

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