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First published in Brazil in 1988 as Turning the Tables , this book was the all-time best-selling nonfiction book in Brazil's history. Semler, the 34-year-old CEO, or "counselor," of Semco, a Brazilian manufacturing firm, describes how he turned his successful company into a "natural business" in which employees hire and evaluate their bosses, dress however they want, participate in major decisions, and share in 22 percent of the profits. Semler believes that Semco is different from most companies that have participatory management because employees are given the power to make decisions--even ones, with which the CEO wouldn't normally agree. Semler claims, "This is not a business book. It is a book about work, and how it can be changed for the better." Highly recommended.
- Mark McCullough, Heterick Lib. , Ohio Northern Univ. , Ada
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What makes for a successful company? In a sometimes breathless, often boyish manner, Semler, a counselor of a Brazilian company (Semco), relates the transformation of a traditionally structured business into one quite literally without walls and rules. Semler details his not-so-easy steps in the metamorphosis: abolishing dress codes and regulations; decentralizing plants; getting rid of paperwork and titles (hence, his appellation as counselor, not CEO); and creating a consultative democracy in which employees set their own salaries and work hours and vote on managerial candidates, among other responsibilities. If it sounds too much like utopia, Semler admits that Brazil's economic downturn has impacted Semco and that, yes, being born with a silver spoon certainly colors his vision. Nonetheless, his is a philosophy that merits some serious thought by managers and workers alike. Barbara Jacobs --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
A required read for any student of business. Even if you feel you can't or decide you won't adopt Semler's approach, the book serves as an interesting and valuable insight into... Read morePublished 20 months ago by kris canadic
New ways, new thinking, new rules of behavior.
This is really a great source of great ideas to improve your business. Go ahead, buy it, and make the change.
This is a great book that I read several years ago and wanted to read again with recent changes at my workplace - fun story with some insightful management strategy.Published on June 18 2013 by Smitten8r
Maverick offers a how-to guide to turn your workplace into a shop that puts the decisions right in the hands of the people that it will effect the most. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2009 by Mathieu Yuill
Very interesting book. Others from my company also read it and all agree that this book is very good. read it!Published on March 2 2009 by Paulo Branco
Maverick tells the story of how a company on the brink of going bankrupt became a point of reference for the industry. but the attraction is not the result, but the process. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2009 by Julian Torres
I have only reached half-way through this book but am writing this in case I forget later. I have read a few business books and few have touched me as much as Semler's open and... Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Hamada Kaido
If you are familiar with Daniel Quinn's books, mainly Ishmael, The Story of B, and My Ishmael, this is clearly a good example of an organization with a new vision. Read morePublished on May 6 2003