Doug Kirkpatrick


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Doug Kirkpatrick served as the first financial controller for Morning Star, now the world’s largest tomato processing company. The founder introduced the startup team to the core principles of self-management, which they immediately adopted. At Morning Star, Doug learned that organizational self-management is real, it works and it drives superior business performance.

Doug Kirkpatrick

In 2008, Doug Kirkpatrick co-founded the Morning Star Self-Management Institute, with the mission of instantiating organizational self-management principles with effective education, tools, and practices.

As a partner in NuFocus Strategic Group, he now speaks and consults on organizational self-management theory and practice. NuFocus originated as a full-spectrum international consulting firm based in Canada, delivering client solutions for business strategy, marketing, operations, finance, international trade, infotech, entrepreneurship, HR, leadership, and learning systems.

Doug Kirkpatrick

Shares the message of organizational innovation through his book Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed Organization (versions available in English, Chinese and German), TEDx talk and numerous white papers, blog posts, podcasts and academic journal articles. Gartner Research Director Mark McGregor wrote that “Doug is a leading expert in the field of organizational design.”

Doug is a certified executive coach, and delivers executive education on numerous topics, including advanced Business Process Management (BPM) and the Future of Work. He is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR®), writes regularly for the Huffington Post, and has been interviewed or quoted in BBC Radio 4, Forbes, ManagerSeminare, Los Angeles Business Journal and numerous other media outlets. He is a former public official, a director of the world’s largest talent association (ATD with 40,000 members in 120 countries), dual citizen (United States and Canada) and enthusiastic advocate for the liberating and engaging workplaces of the future.

Doug Kirkpatrick has keynoted and presented to learners and audiences across the United States and many other countries around the world, including China, Brazil, Norway, Denmark, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Austria and Russian Federation.

He works with multiple groups including Great Work Cultures, Work Revolution and the Center for Innovative Cultures to co-create the vibrant, self-managed organized workplaces of the future.


Organizational Design, Talent Development, Culture, Leadership, Speaking, Consulting, Self-Management


Personal History

“I grew up as a fifth-generation Montanan in one of the last valleys to be settled in the lower 48 states, in the northwestern part of the state. It was magical to grow up in the mountains …

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Doug Kirkpatrick’s Latest Book

The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management In The New World Of Work

“The new business environment is too complex for traditional, command-and-control management, which is why self-management is emerging as a better way to live and work. Nobody knows or understands this better than Doug Kirkpatrick who has been on the frontline of its development. Anybody looking for smarter and more humane ways to work, that dignify everyone involved, will find a treasure trove of ideas and experience in this book. It could not come at a better time.”

Margaret Heffernan
CEO and Author, Willful Blindness

Doug Kirkpatrick

Beyond Empowerment:
The Age of the Self-Managed Organization

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Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work

“In the summer of 2014, a friend and I were sitting in a conference room at Morning Star musing about the various elements of what we loosely called the Future of Work. We began to brainstorm on a white board what those elements might be, and came up with a rudimentary bubble chart featuring items like Agile, Holacracy, Lattice Management, Self-Management and several others.

Thanks to that friend, Kennan Kellaris Salinero of Reimagine Science for catalyzing the initial brainstorm cloud formation. As a scientist, Kennan also inspired the visual concept of a periodic table. Thanks also to Benay Dara-Abrams and Joan Blades of Great Work Cultures for their encouragement in organizing the elements and publishing the infographic.

Any potential usefulness is derived entirely from the amazing universe of thinkers and doers (too many to name here individually) working to shape the workplace of the future. Any mistakes, errors and omissions are mine alone.

Click on the graphic on the right to view the Interactive Periodic Table of the Future of Work. Click on the name of any element to pop up a link to learn more about that element.”

-Doug Kirkpatrick