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[The Pull Principle] On Supermarkets and Balance Weights

This entry is part 1 of 5 in the series Autonomy at Work: The Pull Principle

Piggly Wiggly store 1916, the first supermarket in the world When Clarence Saunders built the very first supermarket, he did not know that he invented a principle that changed the world. It was 1916, when he was annoyed of the … Continue reading

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[The Pull Principle] People Signing Up for Work

This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Autonomy at Work: The Pull Principle

No need for him: In a pull system,decisions are made by the responsibilityand commitment of experts doing the work. The pull principle changed the way we work. In the manufacturing process, pull prevents huge inventories and decreases costs, among other … Continue reading

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[The Pull Principle] How to Pull a House

This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series Autonomy at Work: The Pull Principle

House building can be pushed or pulled When I write about people pulling work, it’s only half the picture without the customer. He’s the reason people are doing the work in the first place. The customer benefits very much from … Continue reading

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[The Pull Principle] Pull Your Next Job and Work Mate

This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Autonomy at Work: The Pull Principle

We trust in the responsibilityand the commitment of our people. At it-agile, the company I work for and with, we use pull systems. Of course, whenever it comes to software development or project related activities (like organizing a conferece or … Continue reading

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[The Pull Principle] Don’t Impose Commands, Offer Choices!

This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Autonomy at Work: The Pull Principle

Offer choices! Talking about the pull principle means to talk about not having authorities and hierarchies, but talking about responsibility and commitment. The pull principle means to have the freedom and autonomy to be responsible and committed. And vice versa … Continue reading

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