The real focus that Larsen took was to focus on the long-term profitability of his company. When you have people that are enthusiastic about the company and know that the company is looking out for them, they will go out of their way to perform. This is similar to the way HP worked back before Lou Platt took over and the management philosophy changed. At that time HP was consistently doubling its stock value every 2-3 years and was not only one of the most profitable businesses, but consistently rated one of the best places to work and got the best talent as a result. Now, unfortunately, HP is no longer in that position.
The golden rule still works: take care of your employees and they'll take care of you. It's just unfortunate that most companies only look at things from a "what have you done for me lately" instead of a "what have you done and what _could_ you do" mentality. It's a win-lose vs win-win, yet most business leaders don't see it.
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