Peer pressure enlists loyalty in ways that bureaucracy doesn’t.
John Mackey, CEO and co-founder, Whole Foods
This quote is true in so many different levels, but still quite ignored by the standard way of management.
The normal company, instead of making a good use of peer pressure, label it as a bad thing, and believe in the passive-aggressive affirmation of its values and rules as the way to better manage employees.
What they don’t see is that the only way to really generate a company with the wanted values is to hire people who believe in them and empower them as much possible, making “good” peer pressure be the driving power fo your business.
It’s hard to accept that the employees define the values of the company, and not the other way around.