知足常樂:從一位上市公司主席身上得到的啟發

今天是大年初一,滿街都是「恭喜發財」的祝福語。

祝福之餘,也來分享一下美國 Whole Foods Market, Inc. 的主席及首席執行長 John Mackey 於去年11月的一篇內部通告(全文可見該公司的網頁)。

內部包括:
The tremendous success of Whole Foods Market has provided me with far more money than I ever dreamed I’d have and far more than is necessary for either my financial security or personal happiness. … Beginning on January 1, 2007, my salary will be reduced to $1 per year and I will no longer take any other cash compensation at all. I will continue to receive the same benefits that all other Team Members receive, including the food discount card and health insurance. The intention of the Board of Directors is for Whole Foods Market to donate all the future stock options I would be eligible to receive to our two company foundations — The Whole Planet Foundation and The Animal Compassion Foundation.

由於他個人感到已豐衣足食,生活無憂,所以將自己的薪金調低至1美元,而且不再收取其他金錢或股票權益,在美個商界造成一定的迴響。

回看我們身邊,多少管理人能做到知足?多少人只問年薪多少?分紅幾多? 不斷追求更多的同時,自己是否就感到有成就?

個人富有是否就會感到豐足?我們是否缺少了一些有個人抱負或理想的管理人?

另一方面,很多企業都說要「以人為本」、「共享成果」,有多少能做到?Whole Foods Market 的例子實在值得我們借鏡參考。

與其恭喜發財,不如祝福別人活得豐盛更好一些。

祝 大家新年進步、生活豐盛精采!

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