It looks like we will have a whole new group of companies to add to our data base - it will be interesting to see what these 'younsters' have in common with each other and whether they differ from those companies established prior to 1900. Companies such as King Arthur Flour, founded in 1790! Headquartered in Norwich, Vermont, King Arthur Flour is now an employee-owned company using open book management methods. They report the qualities that have enabled them to survive - and thrive - for over 200 years are:
- honest enthusiasm and for what they do, which results in earned respect from all those with whom they do business;
- a culture of inclusiveness that empowers everyone in their organization as partners; and
- viewing making money as the by-product or result of doing things well, not the focal purpose of their business.