- Publisher: Warner Books; Hardcover edition (Sept. 1993)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0446516961
- ISBN-13: 978-0446516969
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 457,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Maverick!: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workplace Hardcover – 1 Sep 1993
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"The way that Ricardo Semler runs his company is impossible; except th at it works, and works splendidly for everyone. I relish this book. It revived my faith in human beings and my hope for business everywhere" (Charles Handy)
"In this book, Ricardo Semler tells how Semco, Latin America's fastest growing company, uses a revolutionary way of working to run a profit-making company with a work force who love their jobs." (The Sunday Times)
"Are there real-life lessons to be learned? The answer is yes...Pragmatic, inspirational and intriguing advice." (The Times)
"Ricardo Semler is our kind of capitalist" (Guardian)
"Semco takes workplace democracy to previously unimagined frontiers" (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The international bestseller that tells how Ricardo Semler created one of the most successful and inspirational companies in the world. Con tains a new introduction by the author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
Top Customer Reviews
I really couldn't believe that some of the procedures & practices this organisation implements could work. But they do - spectacularly! Has some very challenging repercussions for the way I do things in my own little sphere. Have I got the guts & conviction to carry them out?!
Minor grumble - books with spelling & grammar mistakes are a real bug-bear of mine. They're basically faulty goods. Hence it loses a star!
Wonderful you must read it.
Semlers assessment of Human Resource Management (HRM) practice is truly radical but built on a foundation of good management practice and a healthy dose of common sense. HRM managers and departments confuse traditional and successful hierarchies and should be the first thing to be axed if any organisation is serious about survival in the 21st Century.
Excellent book and guide, highly practical and an enjoyable read.
The main points is to have a work place based on trust, democracy and openness.
The author fired three quarters of the management and let people be their own boss, when a boss is needed they are called Coordinators who are not necessary better payed or higher ranking than the people they organize. Also Coordinators cannot hire/fire workers. Each worker decides their own working hours and pay.
Workers vote on such topics as who gets to be their Coordinators and hiring/firing. There has been research into how people behave in groups and it has been found that democratic groups get better creativity and are more happy than authoritarian run groups.
The author states that only source of power in an organization is information, and withholding, filtering, or retaining information only serves those who want to accumulate power through hoarding.
Once a month Semco holds open meetings for the employees of each unit, where all the numbers in the business are presented for open examination and debate. The company also offers courses to help employees better understand financial reports such as balance sheets, Profit-and-loss reports, and cash flow statements.
The author recommends businesses are deliberately kept small ( not more than 150?) so that people feel their opinion still makes a difference. He feels the economies of scale that big business have is over rated and actually creates many opportunities for wastefulness.
25% of the profits are given to the workers as bonuses with everybody getting the same bonus.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I rated this book so highly I gave this and Seven-Day Weekend to one of our key suppliers, who has been delighted with the fresh insights he has gained.Published 5 months ago by Mr. A. Q. Kopp
Read this with an open mind and it could change your life. Seriously.Published 16 months ago by Davino
It's okay but becoming dated as much of what was revolutionary at the time of publishing is now standard good practice (open comms, flat structure, high consultation environment)Published 17 months ago by Innitbruv