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No-Excuses Management: Proven Systems for Starting Fast, Growing Quickly, and Surviving Hard Times Hardcover – May 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Crown Business; Har/Dskt edition (May 1, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385426046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385426046
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,295,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Lacey on March 13, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I've owned my own business for seven years, and this book remains a source of ideas for me. Some people want to work in a country club and some want to be in a more competitive environment. The success of the two types of companies may vary, but I still want to be in the competitive place. Curiously, both this book and another favorite, Dennis Conner's Art of Winning, use the phrase "no excuses". I happen to believe in the the keys to performance described in this book: the value of top performers, the value of disciplined approachs to job performance, the use of automated metrics to remind us to do what we set out to do. If you do, too, you'll like this book. If you don't, you probably won't. I'm not sure it's a convincing book, but I found it illuminating.
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It only gets a nine because no one is perfect. I have a purloined copy from a friend and this is one of the most readable/focused management books. Masquerading as a discussion of Cypress philosophy it manages to explain a very detailed and usable method for goal setting and achieving as well as employee compensation. Anyone who is not meeting their numbers should read this book. Anyone running a company should read this book. Any fan of T.J. Rodgers should read this book. Anyone who goes... automated control ... I'd never work there .. shouldn't read this book because they won't get it. Furthermore, they shouldn't apply to work for Cypress or for me either....
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The book gives an impressive display of tough management philosophy. Yet if this is the one right way to manage what a sad thing -- I'd never want to work there. Readers will want to check out Hidden Value by Charles O'Reilly III and Jeffrey Pfeffer which includes an update on Cypress and where is has gone wrong.
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I recently interviewed for a position at Cypress Semiconductor. They have a rigorous interview process where six people interview you and if you don't score 6 for 6, you will not be hired. I got 4 out of 6, and I was not hired. Well that's the way it goes. Nobody likes rejection. However based on the research I did into Cypress before I went to the interview, I was not likely to have accepted the position. Here some of what I found about Cypress.

The company is headed by one T J Rodgers, who is a person who is very impressed with himself. He should be. Running a high tech company in Silicon Valley for 25 years is a major accomplishment.

Item. Mr Rodgers is described as a having "brash", "blunt" and "in your face" management style. This style must have served him well when a Nun (yes a Nun, like Mother Teresa), whose Order owned some 6000 or so shares in Cypress, dared to write him a letter wondering why his company management did not have any qualified women or minorities. Rather than reply to the nun with a "Thanks for your interest ... yada yada... will take your comments under consideration, Sincerely..." type of letter, Mr Rodgers replies to her with a multiple page diatribe on meritocracy with the statements like "Bluntly stated, a `woman's view' on how to run our semiconductor company does not help us, unless that woman has an advanced technical degree and experience as a CEO." She was a Nun, Mr Rodgers. Right or wrong, this is not how we respond to a Nun, and I am a "no religion here" type.

Next item. Cypress sends you a document package before they interview you. In this package is a screed entitled "No Excuses Management" written by Mr Rodgers in the 1990s for the Harvard Business Review.
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