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Changing How the World Does Business: Fedex's Incredible Journey to Success - The Inside Story Hardcover – October 1, 2006

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About the Author

Roger Frock has conducted numerous projects and workshops dealing with the subjects of transportation networks, logistics operating systems, and responsible and ethical management during his years with A.T. Kearney, as a part of the decade with Federal Express. He has been a guest speaker at the National Council of Physical Distribution Management amoung others on a variety of subjects.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576754138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576754139
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Wheeler on March 7, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I joined Federal Express in August 1974 and remained with the company until January 1999. I had the privilege of working for Roger Frock beginning in 1975. He has truly brought to life many of the events, people and tribulations that made FedEx great. The road to success was very uneven, but we never seemed to lose the faith in our leadership. While Roger credits Fred Smith with strong leadership, it was the team of Frock, Fitzgerald, Fagan, Basch, Brandon, Wilmott and many others who could thrive with only one rule; Do What is Right...right for the customer, right for the company and right for the employees. Today FedEx has volumes of rules, but the early days were built aound a vision. Execution took courage, tenacity, ingenuity and loyalty. Fred Smith and the senior mangement team (mentioned above) inculcated all of the attributes in a small and somewhat ragtag group of employees. I only wish Roger had brought out some of the humor of the early days. Pay was low, but we laughed alot and played practical jokes on each other.

Bravo Zulu (Well Done) Roger for a well written book, simple in style, yet so demonstrative of the events and people.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ronald B. Coffman on October 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is MUST READ for every member of any organization. Owners, managers, employees, the principles are the same. Roger has given the insider view of FedEx but the reader must decide how much of what kind made it a success. Was it the vision of Fred Smith or the hard work of the dedicated employees? Was it both? What tipped the scales? This will take it's place among the reference manuals of "how to" and "how not to". I challange the HR departments to pay attention and learn. This is employee dedication that doesn't respond to money and can't be bought. The abject loyalty between the executives, managers and employees are the only thing that held this leaky boat afloat. What a delicate balance between vision and dedication. Gutsy in it's most pristine form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael T. Long on August 1, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It is hard to imagine what our lives would be like without the reliable overnight delivery system pioneered by FedEx. It is equally difficult to imagine the obstacles that had to be overcome to make this a viable business.

Roger Frock possesses two valuable attributes in telling the FedEx story. First of all he is the ultimate insider who started working with Fred Smith, the founder, before the company was even formed. Secondly, he writes well. The result is a fascinating book that can keep you up late at night.

This is a story about people who were captured by a dream, who lived that dream. The made the dream come true despite times when the dream verged into a nightmare. Not only did the company have to face the problems of a then government regulated industry, but also the OPEC oil embargo, well-established competitors in the air transportation industry and the constant need for venture capital.

Mr. Frock clearly develops the main events through each phase of the company's growth, showing how a committed, talented group of people can work together to make the impossible happen. Along the way he also illustrates solid business principles that can help any company seeking to set and achieve its goals.

Michael Long,
President
Long Financial Services
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on April 29, 2007
Format: Hardcover
With apologies to Tracy Kidder!

Mr. Frock's saga, and it can be described only as that, chronicles the birth, development and maturity of FedEX, one of the most successful businesses in US business history. Fred Smith and the team he assembled to develop a really unique idea -- overnight small package delivery to anywhere in the United States -- demonstrated how vision, teamwork, integrity, and creativity CAN overcome daunting challenges. We almost take FedEx for granted now, but Mr. Frock, one of the original senior management team, tells how this was achieved. And the book is one of those page turners, unique really, because we all know how the story ends. But I literally could not put it down.

Some impressions: Mr. Frock tells the story well, making even some of the techical stuff understandable. I really enjoyed his sense of wonder and amazement he expresses at the challenges the company met and overcame. He places people and their personal achivements right where they belong in a story like this -- right in the middle. Mike Collins, the astronaut who orbited the moon while Armstrong and Aldrin landed, once expressed his feelings as the mission went forward: I think we are actually going to pull this off. It is easy to see Roger reaching some tough goal in the business saying that...

Another is the characterization of the formiable FedEx founder, Fred Smith. As Mr. Frock notes when most of senior management team was set to resign when it appeared Mr. Smith himself would be forced to resign in Board dispute: Was our decision to resign the right one? Absolutely! We felt great allegiance to our leader... But even Fred slipped once...but you need to read the bood to find out why. (And why he bet the FedEx checking account in a visit to Vegas...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rolf Dobelli HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 23, 2007
Format: Hardcover
FedEx is more than a household word; it is a household verb replacing the word "delivery" as in, "No worries, we'll FedEx this so they'll have it tomorrow." The story of this colorful company's history and the personalities that brought it to fruition is captivating - filled as it is with cliffhangers, dodged disasters and near failure. In the early days of Federal Express, nothing was a sure thing. Founder Fred Smith and his management team had to elude financial ruin while inventing an entirely new industry. Author and former FedEx general manager Roger Frock fondly recounts the tumultuous early days of the company, although you may wish he had shared more of his insight into the personality of Smith, who remains an elusive unknown. We recommend this book to those who enjoy rags-to-riches corporate stories or to anyone who relies on FedEx to deliver goods that "absolutely, positively have to be there overnight."
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