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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.
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 1 month ago by Clearpoint
This book consists of simple one-pager advice for those in leadership positions. Highly recommended. Read morePublished 1 month 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 1 month ago by Jim Rose
It was not useful to me. I scanned the book and threw it in an hour.Published 4 months ago by likeyelp
At 71 I have this book to thank for much of my success. I bought my first copy in 1970. I never had a mentor but this book served me well as I negotiated the corporate culture. Read morePublished 6 months ago by tyee
This is far and away the best book on management ever written. I read the first edition as an undergraduate and picked up the second edition about ten years later. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joe N PA
Worth reading, even though it's old and dated. One page per issue and advice! Although written in the pre-email age, it has good advice about not keeping documents - they are the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Traveler
Good book - very practical and down to earth. I like how it's organised in alphabetical order. Some points raised on working hours for example I totally agree with. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Joni
I read this book as a teenager and even then was impressed with Townsend's unique and thoughtful perspective on running an American corporation. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Domestic Gnome