Author and TEDx Speaker on Management Principles


  • Organizational Innovation and Self-Management
  • Creating the Organization of the Future
  • Talent Development
  • The Future of Management
  • The Age of the Self-Managed Organization
  • The No-Limit Enterprise
  • The New World of Work




What’s work got to do with love?

It’s this question that has reverberated for Doug Kirkpatrick throughout his career, from his time as the first financial controller of Morning Star, the world’s leading tomato processing company, to the co-founding of the Morning Star Self-Management Institute in 2008, and up to the present day.

This relationship between love and work also serves as the unifying thread of Doug’s work as an author, underlining the organizational self-management theory of his first two books, Beyond Empowerment: The Age of the Self-Managed OrganizationFrom Hierarchy to High Performance: Unleashing the Hidden Superpowers of Ordinary People to Realize Extraordinary Results, and his most recent work from ForbesBooks, The No-Limits Enterprise: Organizational Self-Management in the New World of Work.

Doug’s answer to “what’s work got to do with love?” is informed by years of experience, but most succinctly articulated by the Lebanese-American poet, Khalil Gibran, who said, “Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.”

After getting his start in manufacturing and working to help Morning Star grow into the industry leader it is today, Doug dedicated his career to advancing the organizational self-management ethos. Today he helps businesses all over the world reach their full potential by re-integrating humanity into the workplace and allowing people to create with love.

Now an author, consultant and executive coach, Doug is a partner with NuFocus Strategic Group, and works with the Open Leadership Network, Leadwise, People-Centric Organizations, the Center for Innovative Cultures, Great Work Cultures, Work Revolution, and others communities dedicated to creating the future of work.