Chris Rufer on Harry Browne Program

Chris Rufer on Harry Browne Program

By Paul Green, Jr.

On June 9, 2005, Chris Rufer, founder of The Morning Star Company and of the Self-Management Institute, was a guest on the nationally syndicated Harry Browne Radio Program. Guest host, Jim Babka, interviewed Mr. Rufer about Morning Star and its unique organizational style. The Morning Star Self-Management Institute has made the audio recording of Mr. Rufer's interview available for download from their site.

Harry Browne, who passed away in 2006, was a renowned libertarian author, politician and speaker. He was the Libertarian nominee for the US Presidency in 1996 and 2000. He was the author of 19 books, including one New York Times #1 best seller.

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Paul Green, Jr.

Paul Green Jr. developed a deep interest in management and organizations while building a business that he co-founded in Central California. He realized that a few subtle tweaks to the rules of organizing can bring about unbelievable benefits within a business, and he set out to build a business that epitomized the effective organization.

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    Absolutely inspirational, once again!  To be at this moment in my life, and having been lucky enough to find this website many years later and to hear Chris speak and inspire me again can only mean one thing…that his philosophy works and there needs to be a worldwide movement!

    You see I was once one of those ‘seasonal college kids’...I just got out of the Army and got married and was going to a Junior College on my GI Bill, and desperately needed extra cash to get by. The Cannery pay was good because of all the hours (8-12 hours shifts up to 180 days straight) and long season.  The jobs were cool because of all the machinery and people.  Mechanics, electricians, machine operators, forklift drivers, truck drivers, tomatoes, peaches, sorters, lab technicians, clean-up personal, college interns,  vendors, inspectors, and Chris.

    The Canneries of the past and the ones of the future are an intricate part of the communities in which they are located for thousands of workers from all over the world (literally) every season.  They are a genuine part of our great American culture and a great sample of the melting pot of our society.  The resolve and character it takes to complete a full processing season can be compared to going through basic training in the Army…

    I was lucky enough to get offered an opportunity of a lifetime at the end of my very first season.  Did I want to go to school or work full time?  I choose the work in a heartbeat, for the pay and benefits, as I was starting a new family.  I never asked Chris what he meant by the school part…wouldn’t change it now if I could.

    Young, ambitious, and impressionable, I flourished for the next five years or so in the Colleague system.  It was truly liberating, and I was able to implement changes as a ‘rookie’ – with my colleague mechanics, some having over 30 years more experience. I was able to present my ideas and actually have my ‘area support network’ determine if my idea would take us closer to our mission, and not some middle manager or more senior boss decide solely what was in the best interest of the company.  Collectively as unique and humble human beings we all decided.  Once you have experienced this and see your idea in motion, you want to do more, and you get more creative and responsible.  It was such a great system that helped me grow and harmonize my personal and company life. 

    When the cannery was slated to move I knew my destiny had changed, because I had changed.  I was my own man, father, husband, colleague/member of the community, and now entrepreneur. I was no longer limited in what my potential was, and felt inspired to go get that ‘first truck.’  Someone once told me that the greater Northern California valley is the richest valley in the world, and I didn’t get it then…I’m a believer now, and I know that it is not because of minerals and agriculture; it is because of innovation and the desire to be happy and needed.

    I have to admit there have been many peaks and valleys in my life’s journey, and by no means am I perfect in this world of ours.  What is clear to me now at this moment is that I have to keep advancing towards my personal and business missions, keep the stepping stones coming, update my CLU, and stay the dynamic and robust course!  Thanks Chris.