Summer 2013

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Beyster Institute

The Role of the Board in Employee-Ownership Governance

One of the common misconceptions about ESOP companies among the general public is that they are inefficient because of the necessity to constantly respond to scrutiny from employees and constant oversight of government regulators. Over the years, ESOP companies have developed an operating style that responds to this and is based on a dynamic collaboration among three entities...continue

Learn What it Takes

Learn What it Takes to Have an Effective Board of Directors

To help ESOP companies master the art of corporate governance, the Beyster Institute offers a three-part series of executive education courses for company leaders. Coming up at the end of July is our two-day course that focuses on the development of a truly effective board...continue


Take-Aways on Employee Ownership from the Other Side of the Pond

At the end of February, I began an international tour to show our new documentary film, “We the Owners: Employees Expanding the American Dream,” in Scotland and England. Each screening was followed by panel discussions with me, an executive from an employee/worker-owned enterprise, a professor, or a nonprofit/state leader in the field...continue


How Entrepreneurs Get Motivated

Everyone is motivated to do something. There is a certain amount of desire for subsistence that provides a moderate level of motivation in most people to get the basics done. In order to better understand what inspires people in the workplace, three entrepreneurs share what motivates them to turn their dreams into reality...continue

Practical Tips

In Search of Employee Ownership Plans in Mexico

After hearing so much about how ESOPs and other ownership plans in the U.S. transform companies, it seemed logical to think that other countries, like Mexico, should have similar incentive plans in place. This assumption, however, turned out to be incorrect...continue