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Next stage of work-place evolution, truly,
This review is from: The Seven Day Weekend: Feeding Ducks and Making Millions (Hardcover)
There are two reasons why this book is important:
(1) Ricardo Semler has created a conglomerate that is clearly the next stage in organizational evolution. This is the type of organization that Alvin Tofler (and many others like him) has predicted in his "Future Shock - Power Shift - Third Wave" triology. Only, Semler supplies the details of the amorphos figure that Tofler had sketched. The organization that Semler has created looks beautiful and elegant you just can't halp thinking that "this is how it ought to be". The organization he is talking about is more than "you-can-bring-your-dog-to-the-office" dot-com type. The organization he is talking about is the sustainable type. Perhaps, I tend to doubt, the only type that will sustain in a few decades from now.
(2) Semler is already practicing what he preaches. That is an important (and necessary) deviation from the typical management gurus.
There are two reasons why this book is interesting:
(3) Ole Dickie (Ricordo Semler) is a bit eccentric (and there lies his genius) and I suspect that he like it.
(4) The subject addressed is quiet important but unfortunately there are very little information available anywhere. Given that, the amount of information and insights that Semler has packed are delightful.
There is one word of caution, however:
(5) Once in a while (but not often), one gets a feeling that some of the ideas addressed here are still under refinement (though Semler might tend to think otherwise). But while documenting an on-going development, such things are bound to happen.
In all, if you have the capacity to seriously influence the structure of your organization, this book will be the best investment (of your time and money) you have ever made - and given the watershed nature of the subject addressed in this book - or will ever make for quiet some time to come.