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"The sagest (and even most outrageous) book ever written about how business should be run."
"Bob Townsend's words still ring true, truer than they seemed almost 40 years ago."
"Robert Townsend's book continues to light up the business world with straightforward and practical management advice that is as pertinent today as when originally published. A must-read for all managers!"
—Ray Davis, president and CEO, Umpqua Holdings Corporation
"Townsend proves that the best business wisdom is timeless. In an era filled with business buzzwords and ethical misdirections, Townsend's bluntness makes for refreshing and hilarious reading for the next crop of CEOs."
—Ben Casnocha, chairman, Comcate, Inc., author, My Start-Up Life
Up the Organization
Although it was first published more than thirty-five years ago, Up the Organization continues to top the lists of best business books by groups as diverse as the American Management Association, strategy+business (Booz Allen Hamilton), and The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. 1-800-CEO-READ ranks Townsend's bestseller first among eighty books that "every manager must read."
This commemorative edition offers a new generation the benefit of Robert Townsend's timeless wisdom as well as reflections on his work and life by those who knew and worked with him. This groundbreaking book continues to remind us not to get mired in all those sacred organizational routines that stifle people and strangle both profits and profitability.
In today's climate of seemingly endless incidents of corporate corruption, government fraud, and personal scandals, Up the Organization is more relevant than ever. Many of Townsend's observations are as witty as they are wise. "There's nothing fundamentally wrong with our country except that the leaders of all our major organizations operate under the wrong assumptions." "One of the most important tasks of a manager is to eliminate his people's excuses for failure." "If you have to have a policy manual, publish the Ten Commandments."
In addition to the book's advice that is striking in its candor, spontaneity, and integrity, this new edition includes essays from such leaders as James O'Toole, Bob Davids, and Robert Gottlieb, as well as a never-before-published transcript of Townsend's Conference Board speech: "Townsend's Third Degree in Leadership."
Read Up the Organization and discover why Robert Townsend served as role model for a generation of corporate activists.
The material is classic and although dated, more than viable and accurate today. I enjoyed the humor presented along with the solid business advice. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Joshua Thompson
Even if some things are dated, a must read for all managers, especially new middle level ones. A quick read too.Published 17 days ago by Tejas Vakil
A rare breed of leader - someone who understands the difference between leadership rather than administration or management or authority. And walks the talk.Published 1 month ago by EK NGAUV
The book raised very interesting points which make you think and change the way I operate.
A funny insight to the business word.
This book is the bane of every MBA school in the nation. Take a look at what the MBA schools are churning out and then read Mister Townsend's book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scott Farleigh
A no nonsense approach like Robert Townsend's is blasphemy to the political and bureaucratic minded that control today's large corporations and institutions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Clearpoint
This book consists of simple one-pager advice for those in leadership positions. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Simon J Newton
The content is great, I have read the book before. I have even listened to the cassette version read by Robert Townsend. I am really disappointed that this was not read by RT. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jim Rose
It was not useful to me. I scanned the book and threw it in an hour.Published 7 months ago by likeyelp