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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (April 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446670553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446670555
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.2 x 2.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By kris canadic on March 16 2014
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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 what is possible and will at the least add breadth to every basic business education.
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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.
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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.
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By Paulo Branco on March 2 2009
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Very interesting book. Others from my company also read it and all agree that this book is very good. read it!
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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. it shows how heart, values, and a sense of fairness and solidarity can be good business advisers. What Semler did is truly admirable. a must read, even for those who have no interest whatsoever in management.
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From 1992 to 1994, I suffered much to work under a rigid framework of Japanese multinationl. It is this book that change my life. End September 1994, I found out Semler's book in a book store in Tokyo, and I am intuitively sure that it should work. Then,I was assigned to work in Ivory Coast in West Africa. I decided to experiment his model in Africa to see whether his method works. Result. It really works! I delegated all the power to decision making to the staffs who is closest to the environment. Thus, the problem of alignment was easily solved. Not only the organization start working effectively without my hard efforts, but also the motivation of all the staffs skyrocketed. Even some of the staffs who could not read and write, decided to go to school to learn read and write (it is a history in Africa). These staffs also became a proactive staffs by talking on behalf of the language of the organization. The key message of Semler is to freeing everybody from the traditional management by rigid control associated with extrinsic reward system to self control with self ethical value associated with intrinsic reward. In this way he succeeded to skyrocket the motivation of staffs and let them work to search the right direction. Thus, the company could encourage the staffs to continously adapt to the perpertually changing environment. It is an excellent fieldbook to transform a mechanistic organization to an organic and learning organization, which is the key of the success in today's business environment.
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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 somewhat naive style. I am building/managing multiple businesses and this book gives me the guidance to handle people in the right way for effective results. Read the other reviews - nuff said.
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By A Customer on May 6 2003
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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. A corporation really doing something different, not the classic rhetoric or programs of the day (decade) or just a greened up version of the classical hierarchy. The new vision is not maximum profits at ALL cost, it is about making a living and maximizing employees happiness - he admits they have a long way to go, but he has many, many great examples of what works and adds ... there is no one right way.
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