The Seven-Day Weekend: A Better Way to Work in the 21st Century Paperback – 5 Feb 2004
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"Ricardo Semler tells how Semco uses a revolutionary way of working to run a profit making company with a work force who love their jobs" (The Sunday Times)
"The Seven-Day Weekend will certainly encourage managers to look very carefully at their management practices" (Rocco Forte Management Today)
"Ricardo Semler is our kind of capitalist" (The Guardian)
The new book from the author of Maverick! which sold 1.1 million copies worldwide.See all Product Description
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This book takes us further. Semler has focussed on aspiring to workplace democracy. That means relinquishing control. He may own the biggest chunk of the business, but he doesn't exercise power of veto, but goes along with consensus.
He still tells ripping yarns and ranges widely across philosophical tales, great thinkers and writers of our age and forecasts for the future.
What makes him different from Peters, Handy and Harvey-Jones? Semler isn't one to recycle the same old stories from book to book, nor put together stuff from elsewhere. He tells tales from recent history including dot.com mistakes and learning. He considers his own balance and focus on wisdom.
He advocates revolutionary stuff that only a handful of companies worldwide (mostly privately owned) practise. He dismisses corporate window dressing of mission statements and employee consultation and points out how far we go to war to defend democracy, but practice Eastern bloc centralisation in our workplace.
He tells a great tale about CEO egos that refused to recognise the writing on the wall of their dot.coms and allowed their companies to lose megabucks instead of joining forces in humility.Read more ›
He is at his best when giving detailed accounts of how he puts his philosophy into practice, acknowleging failures as well as successes. He gives vivid accounts of the characters and circumstances of his staff and how they have fitted in (or not) into this model of organisation. These accounts have an appealing honesty and show a good deal of affection towards those he employs. This is much more effective in getting his point across than the usual buzzwords and abstract philosophising of management textbooks.
Semler is at his weakest when he leaves the specifics of his own experience and occasionally digresses into generalised comments about business, politics and whether his system is socialism or capitalism or neither. In this, he regales us with nothing more than the trite simplisms of "third way" politics - we in the UK are more than familiar with these in the variants of "New" Labour, from Tony Crosland in the last century to Tony Blair in this.
He also shrinks from dealing with the unpleasant flipside to his system of blurring personal and work lives - whether his seven-day weekend could just as well be described as the seven-day working week! It's difficult to argue, however, with one of his contentions: if we know how to read work emails on a Sunday night, why don't we know how to go to the cinema on a Monday afternoon?
Overall a fascinating and wholly convincing read, well argued and full of personal charm. And a must-read for anyone interested in challenging the Western military style of hierarchical management in favour of a more democratic, adult alternative.
The many practicalexamples make the book compelling. It gives you an immediate boost to makechanges in your own working environment.
Must-read if you find yourself tired of the way things work in yourcompany!
(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.
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Really interesting book. For me it brings hope back to humanity :) Many ideas I got and none seams to shear around me I found within this book. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Marcin
One of the most Important Business Books ever written. It is without any question a masterpiece. I have bought many copies of this book and give them as gifts to colleagues and... Read morePublished on 11 Nov. 2013 by Richard Britain
The book is really good. I am not very much into business-business books. This is the one that links real-life experience and wisdom with an individual's work life and business as... Read morePublished on 15 Aug. 2012 by Marina
I bought this after stumbling across a review when i was looking for information on a new job role i had. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2012 by Tatakai Tony
Semler has a fresh view to working today.
A balance of personal and professional aspirations taken to the extreme - in real life. Read more
I was wowed by Maverick and so excited to catch up on what has happened at Semco. The joy of reading this book is tempered by the sadness that the philosophy that is Semco is not... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2004 by Keith
Having read back in 1995 his first book Maverick,I was always in the belief his organisational beliefs would succeed. Read morePublished on 4 Aug. 2003 by Orlando Carugo