Weology: How Everybody Wins When We Comes Before Me Hardcover – Sept. 22 2015
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- Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers; 1st Edition (Sept. 22 2015)
- Language: : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1443429503
- ISBN-13 : 978-1443429504
- Item Weight : 476 g
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.67 x 22.86 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #228,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
“Peter Aceto is an unusual CEO. Employees don’t work for him, they work with him. He’s also an unusual leader. His team members don’t follow him, they join him. . . . We need more like him.” (David Chilton, author of The Wealthy Barber and former Dragon on CBC’s Dragons’ Den)
“At turns humble and brilliant, practical and inspirational, Weology is the guidebook for the modern CEO. I’m going to send one to each of my CEO clients—and urge them to buy copies for the entire staff!” (Ted Coiné, co-author of A World Gone Social and CMO of Meddle.it)
About the Author
Peter Aceto is a globally recognized and respected business leader. He is the president and CEO of Tangerine (formerly ING Direct) and a change agent for leadership. He lives in Toronto with his family.
Justin Kingsley, a New York Times-bestselling author, is a writer, strategist and photographer. He lives in Montreal with his family.
Top reviews from Canada
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I am not in the category where either writing or speaking comes easy, so I won’t write a long review (not even a short one as it wouldn’t do any justice to the book). I’ve given it 5 stars and the 5 stars are better than any review I could write.
However, something puzzles me, the difference from theory to practice.
Employees are in important part of any company and as expected this subject is treated at length in the book, and based on what I’d read I would have thought Tangerine is among the best places to work in Canada. But it isn’t .
Canada’s Top 100 Employers doesn’t list Tangerine. However, RBC, TD, CIBC are in the list!
Also Glasdoor ratings:
Tangerine - 3.5
RBC - 3.7
BMO - 3.5.
TD - 3.7
I’d have expected for a bank that “lives” online not to have so many bugs (mortgage and my main banking accounts are with Tangerine). I kept pointing them out to the Customer Service - I have been doing software QA most of my professional life so I keep seeing bugs everywhere :) - but I’d lost my interest after my inquiry a few months later after my “reporting”, whether they’d be be fixed and I was told something along the lines that there are other priorities and this makes sense, I mean the bugs I’ve noticed weren’t so important. After all I still managed to open a business account with Tangerine, many people would have given up, but these kind of people wouldn’t have started it in the first place, they’d have gone to a traditional bank
So how come what Peter Aceto preaches and not only but practices also (i.e. he writes about real things, what’s been doing and implementing as CEO at ING Direct/Tangerine) doesn’t seem to yield different results to the competition? I don’t know, otherwise I’d be a management consultant and write at least one best seller.
An interesting fact I learned from the book:
Peter Aceto’s father needed to take his BMW series 7 to the garage so he went with him. While waiting they struck up a conversation with a man who talked about his vision of a new, different kind of bank, a bank that would change banking forever. This man was Arkadi Kuhlmann, the founder of ING Direct (currently Tangerine). Peter Aceto later contacted him, and offered his services as he wanted to part of the vision. He got hired, and as they say the rest is history.
This made me think: I should have bought a Tesla instead of a Honda Fit. With a Honda I’ll never find myself in a similar situation.
A mesmerising combination of strategic perspectives and practical insights, it's well written, funny, full of great stories and quotes (from sports to arts to business and everything in between). It was fascinating to also learn the story behind the meteoric rise of Tangerine, a completely different type of bank for the modern times. In many ways reminiscent of the Richard Branson's focus to focus on what customers wants and do away with "established practices".
I would call this an essential read for anyone who wants to transform their organisation to become a powerful and successful business.