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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (1 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143037838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143037835
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let My People Go Surfing The founder and owner of Patagonia, Inc., one of the world's most inspiring companies, relates his story and the core philosophies that have sustained his company, renowned for its maverick innovation and long-term responsibility to the environment. Full description

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan 2006
Format: Hardcover
Most people want to read about what Jack Welch, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have done as managers. They would learn a lot more by reading about what Yvon Chouinard has to say about how he developed Patagonia.
This case history is filled with the kind of common sense wisdom that almost all companies and business leaders lack, including the best-known celebrity CEOs. Accounting rules don't require us to look at environmental damage so most companies don't think about the harm they cause in this regard. Yet if we don't do what we can to do less environmental harm, what's the point of having money in a spoiled world?
Most people don't really want to run or work in businesses full time. They would rather be doing something they enjoy more. Mr. Chouinard's approach to Management by Absence and letting his people use flex-time to go surfing when conditions are good examples of how such flexibility can be created in a successful enterprise.
Most importantly, Mr. Chouinard is a good example . . . a model leader. That's true because, in part, he wants to set a good example . . . something most business leaders don't care about today. They just want to make money.
A hundred years from now, people will be reading this book as a model of doing the right thing . . . long after everyone has forgotten the names of the best selling business CEOs today. Get ahead of the curve by starting with this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dominic Monkhouse on 7 Jan 2009
Format: Hardcover
You see its all just plain old common sense. You find something you can be passionate about and turn it into a business. Then you surround yourself with like minded others and you can change the world, a bit at a time. Yvon puts it all beautifully. He even seems a little embarrassed about having been so successful without any formal training, however, he is very proud of his team's achievements. Formal training doesn't exist for the leadership he displays, you either have it in your heart or you don't. The book takes the concepts of the service profit chain model and walks you though their genesis in, Patagonia. I can't recommend this book enough. Sadly, I have only recently read it and wish I had come across it several years ago before I had to learn much of this the hard way from personal experience at Rackspace and itlab.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. Day on 19 Nov 2012
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Read this after having various people rave about it to me. Should probably have taken a closer look at what it actually contains than I actually did (although I'd have probably have read it anyway). The first third, which is fairly autobiographical, is quite wonderful but I found myself somewhat bemused by the pace it whizzes through the decades and disappointed by the lack of detail on some things I'd have assumed would get more coverage (e.g the accident claims which led to the formation of Black Diamond). What took me by surprise is that the last two thirds or so of the book are devoted to Patagonia's "Philosophies" and it often feels a more like reading catalog copy or company PR/investor relations material than the initial, much more personal part of the book (although there is plenty of personal anecdote in the latter part too). Just to be clear though: if I was rating Patagonia as a company or its founder's achievements on just about any scale, they'd get a 6/5.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phil.clark@xtra.co.nz on 20 Aug 2013
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This book was everything that I thought it would be from a man I much admired 30 years ago when I climbed. Spot on as far as his view of how our world works and could work. Will become a one of those books that I buy for all of my children to use as a guide to help them try to get things right along the way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela Jane Jackson on 30 Jan 2013
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Recommended read for anyone who is interested in the conservation and improvement of the environment. Should be read by anybody setting up in business.
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By Ms. A. J. Hooker on 23 Sep 2008
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I brought this book as I was captivated by the title

I couldn't put it down
The enthusiasm of the Chouinards is met only by their ethics at creating a place people want to work for a company people want to work for whilst working to protect the enviroment they are passionate about
In this climate it is enlighting that they continously donate to worthwhile charites
Whilst reading the book it made me search out their websites both in the UK and US also check out the links
A great read regardless of whether you surf but a definate if you care about the world we are leaving our heirs
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I found out about the brand Patagonia before i knew anything about yvon chounaird, i was a little unsure of what to expect, but it has to be one of my favourite books, it gives a very good insight into what this man and the company is all abot, and also has a little about the management of the compny and different roles in the company, whilst providing mdetailed descriptions of his travel and product testing adventure. I hope this, helps, if it does not, buy the book anyway. its worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Martin on 9 July 2009
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An interesting mixture of outline autobiography and leadership philosophy. Compelling in parts but difficult to follow to the end.
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