Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Townsend shouldn't just be read, he should be memorized."
Tom Peters

"Bob Townsend's words still ring true, truer than they seemed almost 40 years ago."
Warren Bennis

"With this book, Robert Townsend punctured the secret, bureaucratic world of corporate complacency. It was ubiquitous then and still surprisingly prevalent now—and this book, based on his countercultural stint as Avis CEO, is still one of the best weapons against it."
Art ...

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Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits

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Overview

"Townsend shouldn't just be read, he should be memorized."
Tom Peters

"Bob Townsend's words still ring true, truer than they seemed almost 40 years ago."
Warren Bennis

"With this book, Robert Townsend punctured the secret, bureaucratic world of corporate complacency. It was ubiquitous then and still surprisingly prevalent now—and this book, based on his countercultural stint as Avis CEO, is still one of the best weapons against it."
Art Kleiner, editor-in-chief, strategy+business

"Robert Townsend's book continues to light up the business world with straightforward and practical management advice that is as pertinent today as when originally published. A must-read for all managers!"
Ray Davis, president and CEO, Umpqua Holdings Corporation

"Townsend proves that the best business wisdom is timeless. In an era filled with business buzzwords and ethical misdirections, Townsend's bluntness makes for refreshing and hilarious reading for the next crop of CEOs."
Ben Casnocha, chairman, Comcate, Inc.; author, My Start-Up Life

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118047361
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/6/2011
  • Series: J-B Warren Bennis Series , #144
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Commemorative Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 154,089
  • File size: 671 KB

Meet the Author

Robert C. Townsend (d. 1998) drew upon his early experiences as a banker at American Express Co. to redirect Avis Rent-a-Car as president and chairman. Under his leadership, Avis experienced a celebrated turnaround, fueled by the "We Try Harder" advertising campaign. Townsend also worked as an executive at 20th Century Fox and was director at several companies, including Dun and Bradstreet and Radica Games. Townsend was a celebrity in his own right, and a frequent lecturer and talk-show guest.
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Table of Contents

Contents, Commemorative Edition v

Foreword vi
Warren Bennis

Publisher's Note xi

Robert Townsend's Cure for Management Heartburn xiii
Jim O'Toole

How Robert Townsend Talked Me out of Getting an MBA xvii
Bob Davids

Up the Publisher: On Editing Robert Townsend xxii
Robert Gottlieb

Contents,Original Edition xxxi

Up the Organization, Original Edition 1

Appendix A:Townsend's Third Degree in Leadership 161

Appendix B: No Reserved Parking:The Guerrilla Life of Robert Townsend 170
Robert Townsend Jr.

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  • Posted October 26, 2008

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    As a corporate director of human resources, I continually search for books that will assist me and my managers to become better stewards of the company's money and other resources. <BR/><BR/>I don't remember when I bought my copy of Robert Townsend's book but I remember my children were toddlers and they are all married with children of their own. About ten years ago, I updated my copy with the revised book - Further Up the Organization: How Groups of People Working Together for a Common Purpose Ought to Conduct Themselves for Fun and Profit. Robert Townsend died in 1998. How I wish he were still around so we could continue to receive his straightforward advice and guidance. <BR/><BR/>A couple of years ago, I decided to write a management book and decided that I enjoyed Robert Townsend's book so much that I would copy his style with a multitude of short chapters and brutal honesty. I accomplished my goal and can only hope that my book will reach the stratosphere that his did. <BR/><BR/>As a tip for those contemplating purchasing Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (J-B Warren Bennis Series); you can actually have a lot of fun with noting when people violate the behaviors Mr. Townsend warned us about and leave a copy of the page out of Up the Organization on their desk. They'll never know what hit `em. (and some will actually improve their mode of operation) <BR/><BR/>I highly recommend this book to anyone in management. Like me, I believe you will refer to it often. Michael L. Gooch, SPHR

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  • Posted September 11, 2012

    Keep it at your desk and read a short chapter every day, and the

    Keep it at your desk and read a short chapter every day, and then go out and do it. Couple this with HP's strategy of &quot;managing by wandering around (MBWA)&quot; and you'll quickly alienate yourself ina theory x company, but gather interested looks if you're fortunate enough to work ina theory y culture.

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