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Westwood cultivates initiative

Title: Westwood cultivates initiative
Date: Friday, 1 October 1976
Publisher: International Management (UK)
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Gerry Hazelwood, a 37-year old managing director of a United Kingdom norticultural machinery firm, Westwood Engineering Limited, helps his firm grow by encouraging workers to assume more responsibility. Hazelwood frequently stops at a work station to chat or joke, and calls all of the 60 employees in the 3,000 square meter plant by their first names. For those who do not respond well to Hazelwood's challenge to take on more responsibility, the departure rate is high. Those who comprise the 'hardcore' that stays with the company, 'want to make things go right.' Hazelwood tries experiments such as shop floor promotions and unusual piece work pay and profit shareout schemes, but most of all he drives his employees to an extra effort, insisting that 'anyone can make a success of anything if he really wants to.' Hazelwood and all his top officers are practicing members of the Church of Scientology.