How to Build the World’s Greatest Workplace

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The following is an extended version of Vishen Lakhiani’s TEDx KL talk on “Five Ways to Create the World’s Greatest Workplace”. The version was filmed at Awesomeness Fest Maui, 2011 and both talks received standing ovations. Vishen outlines his plans to transform the way business is done in the developing world and shares a model he believes any entrepreneur can emulate.

Malaysia is a country suffering from massive brain drain. Every year it loses 1% of it’s population to more developed countries like the USA, Canada, Hong Kong or Australia. Vishen was born in Malaysia and has watched the majority of his friends from high school leave Malaysia for richer countries. One of his goals is to end this loss of talent. His plan? Creating the World’s Single Greatest Workplace right here in Malaysia and changing the way the world and Malaysians view the country.



In this speech Vishen shares the 5 Principles he brought into Mindvalley to transform it into one of the world’s best places to work. This has resulted in the company, although based in Malaysia, dominating it’s industry globally, growing by 80% every year for the last 5 years, and becoming a talent hub now employing people from 30 different countries, all of whom move to Malaysia to work from Mindvalley HQ.

Vishen shares principles he adapted from a wide variety of sources, from psychology, to computer games, personal growth, eastern spirituality and an understanding of Generation-Y and their changing value system.

The 5 Principles are:

  1. Happiness
  2. A Noble Mission
  3. The Gamification of the Workplace
  4. A Focus on Personal Growth
  5. Tribal Dynamics

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