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Semler, the Brazil-based CEO of Semco, believes corporations and employees can become successful by bucking tradition and thinking wildly outside the box. He attempts to explain Semcos success (a company with $212 million in annual revenue and "no official structure
no organizational chart
no business plan or company strategy") and how its principles can be applied in other companies to make working environments more appealing and opportunities for growth and achievement limitless. Nine chapters (one for each day of the week, as well as one for "Any Day" and one for "Every Day") explore the ways in which the traditional workweek stifles creativity and fosters distaste for working days. But Semler also looks at how to shake things up. The Wednesday chapter leads off with the following to-do list: attend a board of directors meeting; dump a deal rather than pay a bribe; tell the company it sucks. While Semlers ideas often seem counter-intuitive, the idea is not to provide specific guidelines but rather to encourage readers to view their organization and professional lives in a new way. The books premise is promising, but the actual steps to achieving a seven-day weekend still seem unattainable.
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Mr Semler's words are like steroids for all entrepreneurs who are fighting old notional ideologies and outdated practices. Read morePublished 23 days ago by KARAN ARORA
Stop what you are doing. Pull the car out of traffic gridlock. Hit the park, hang a hammock, and just absorb these words. A titanic shift in organizational leadership lies within. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Chad Bracken
The title of the book itself evokes a feeling of interest to any person, who stumbles on it. In these times where people have seven-day weeks, the phrase “seven day weekends” comes... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Abhi...
Incredible new way to manage a company based on democracy and employee participation.Published 4 months ago by ANDY
Ricardo Semler blazes a trail for those with courage, compassion and a desire to avoid irrelevance. I highly recommend this book.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good book, describing a way of managing your company/organization in a democratic way. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David Tillemans
An eye opening approach to creating a business culture that enables people to put their best problem-solving, and innovative abilities to work for the business.Published 12 months ago by Bill B.