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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.
Just as valid now as when it was some years ago when it was written. Just about everyone could benefit from reading this book, but especially those who lead/manage others in an... Read morePublished 1 day ago by John M. Carringer
The only "how to" book you will ever need to run a business. Written years ago, but still better than all other business books combined.Published 11 days ago by David Hansen
The author was really ahead of his time in methods, style and even how this book is put together. This is a no nonsense approach to leading with short excepts on many topics. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Aequitas
Excellent book. Written a few years back but information still relevant today.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 3 months 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 3 months ago by Tejas Vakil