Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace

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Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business success story of our time. By eliminating uneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy in the workplace, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success in an uncertain economy.

Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business ...

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Overview

Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business success story of our time. By eliminating uneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy in the workplace, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success in an uncertain economy.

Semler turned his family's business, the aging Semco corporation of Brazil, into the most revolutionary business success story of our time. By eliminating uneeded layers of management and allowing employees unprecedented democracy in the workplace, he created a company that challenged the old ways and blazed a path to success in an uncertain economy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446670555
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 446,325
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    Not worth your time (and money)

    A friend of mine worked for Semco in Brazil for a couple of years. 99% of what it is in the book is pure fiction. Don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2009

    So much imagination

    Hard to find someone with so much umagination as Ricardo Semler. Semco (and Ricardo himself) has nothing to do with the book. Dont waste your money.

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  • Posted November 2, 2008

    more from this reviewer

    brliiant!

    running a company by having everyone think and be repsonsible for the bottom line - it's genius!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2005

    Fascinating, easy read

    If I didn't know better, I'd say this book was fiction. What a courageous and inspiring leader. Anyone with the passion to make the workplace a better place, and the discipline to see it through, should read this book immediately and more than once. My only negative experience with Maverick was reading the last section in with Semlar gives 'tips' on how to work like he does. There is a vast discrepancy between the person I met in the book, and the person who wrote these 'tips'. My suggestion: Skip it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2003

    Amazing things can happen when you believe in others.

    Easily the best business book I've ever read. Semler really connected with me due to his passion for doing things the right way - utmost sincerity. Many books leave the impression that it was written by managers for managers, letting them in on secrets of how to manipulate your people for fun and profit. Not so here. Sure, employee empowerment is not new. What is new here is that whole story of how Semler's 'Entrepreneurial Democracy' came to be. It's not a book by academics focusing on the psychology of teamwork and motivation - it's a book by someone who actually made the change with their own company. You're there with him to see the experiences, problems, and turning points that got them where they are today. For those who are more interested in seeing how these ideas were developed over time instead of simply being told what's the right way to do something - this is your business book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2003

    Excellent !!!

    This is an excellent opportunity to get great ideas to use in our manufacturing plants.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2000

    Your thoughts on people organisation and culture will not be the same again

    As a executive from Scandinavia (Denmark) I'm used to work with the latest in organisation (flat) of people and get the best out of the talent all people have on all levels. But this book realy put things into perspective for me. In this book I found ideas and new ways to distribute / delegate decision power down into the organisation where it belongs. It is also a book that gives new meaning to the concept of quality of (work) life and what employees, who are motivated and committed, can do when they get support and trust from management.

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    Posted January 12, 2010

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