3M: Building a Cultureof Empowerment

Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co. (3M) in Saint Paul, Minn., a diversified manufacturer with more than $13 billion in annual sales, has a longstanding reputation for empowering employees. Here is Chief Executive Officer Livio DeSimone's 10-point plan for making it work:

1) Give folks time to follow their muse--3M encourages technical employees to spend 15 percent of their work time on research projects of their choice. The result: products like Post-it Notes, which bring more tha

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