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Sustaining Executive Performance: How the New Self-Management Drives Innovation, Leadership, and a More Resilient World by Steven MacGregor

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2. The New Lanark Mills

A company’s responsibility does not end at the door to the factory or the office. The jobs it provides shape whole lives.

—Antoine Riboud

Around 60 years before Pierre de Coubertin was born, in the year 1800, Robert Owen was busy making his own vision a reality in Central Scotland. The small village of New Lanark, located on the only waterfall of the River Clyde, provided an ideal location for cotton mills, part of the key textile manufacturing industry of the time. Lanark, the neighboring large town, was the previous stopping point for economist Adam Smith on his frequent journeys from Glasgow, where he taught at the University, to Edinburgh, where he met Scottish Enlightenment friends for dinner and discussion. The work ...

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