underpants (1000+ posts) Thu Jul-17-08 01:47 PM
Unique business aims to spread solar power (Shocking! Baffling!)
Advertisements [?]Edited on Thu Jul-17-08 01:48 PM by underpants
BOULDER, Colorado (CNN) -- Blake Jones' business plan for his company, Namaste Solar Electric, was so unusual, he confounded a lot of business experts.
Outsiders were baffled by some of these company plans:
• Environmental concerns would be a driving force in every aspect of the company
• Six weeks of paid time off
• A concept called FOH -- frank, open and honest -- to help eliminate gossip and grudges
• Employees, no matter what their job description, have the same pay scale
• One percent of yearly revenues go to solar systems donated to community groups
• All major decisions would be made by consensus of all company employees
Jones had done a serious turnabout in his own career that inspired some of the unusual principles of Namaste. Namaste is a Sanskrit greeting meaning, "to bow to you." The civil engineer spent five years working in the Middle East for Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, in the oil and gas industry.