I recently finished reading SPARK – Lessons from Lincoln Electric’s Unique Guaranteed Employment Program
by Frank Koller. It is an absorbing account of Lincoln Electric, a Cleveland Ohio based manufacturing business. Founded in 1895, Lincoln Electric is the world’s largest manufacturer of electric arc-welding equipment. I visited there during the summer of 1991, when I was helping to conduct focus group interviews for companies being considered for the 1993 edition of The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America
book. I remember being struck during the interviews with how confident, centered and focused the employees were.