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Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop

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The international bestseller that tells how Semler tore up the rule books - and defied inflation running at up to 900% per year!

- Workers make decisions previously made by their bosses

- Managerial staff set their own salaries and bonuses

- Everyone has access to the company books

- No formality - a minimum of meetings, memos and approvals

- Internal walls torn down

- Shopfloor
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 6th 2001 by Random House (first published 1993)
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Dec 04, 2013 kareem rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anybody.
one of the most influential books i've read.

original review posted here:

I first heard of Maverick author Ricardo Semler when I came across a blurb for his new book called The Seven-Day Weekend in a copy of Inc Magazine a few months back. Semler's counter-intuitive approach to running a business immediately intruiged me, because it seemed to solve many of the employee satisfaction problems that plague most North American companies these days.

Semler's compan
Bhavya Mehta
great book..The book should be a part of any B-school's curriculum. It teaches a great deal. And something phenomenal about the learning is that it can be applied to all walks of life,be it professional or personal.Example: It tells you to do away with the unncessary clutter in the organisation. He goes on to illustrate how effective it turns out.And the extent is mind boggling.And there are other such examples eg. How he does away with the conventional pyramidal structure of an organisation and ...more
Oliver Thylmann
Published first in 1993, this books depicts the changes happening at Semco, the company Ricardo Semler took over from his father in 1980 to turn it in a much studied place to work at.

Here is the chronology of what happened and if you want to know more then you should read the book as it is both highly stimulating as well as amusing.

* 1980 Ricardo took over the company and fired most of the (old) executive staff
* he hired a new CEO who worked at different companies like Sharp and Xerox. The compa
Vojta Svoboda
My rating: 3,5/5

Vybrané pasáže:

Tři kameníci měli popsat svoji práci. První řekl, že ho platí za opracovávání kamenů. Druhý uvedl, že používá speciální postupy, kterými tvaruje kameny a získává neobyčejné výsledky. Zároveň předvedl ukázku své práce. Třetí kameník se jen pousmál a pronesl: "Já stavím katedrály." Když jsem tak chodil po Semcu, napadlo mě, že máme mnohem víc kameníků než umělců, kteří umí kameny proměňovat v něco neobyčejného, v katedrály.

Když tak přemýšlím o tradičním šéfovi, často

In a very personal, yet profound and serious manner, Ricardo Semler shares principles of a truly democratic workplace. Transparency, flexible structures and a different understanding of “hierarchy” are some of the cornerstones that make Semco a successful living experiment worth following.

Of the business books I recently read, it's probably only Peter Drucker's books that have the same disruptive quality as Maverick. The only question that's bugging me: why are there so many people raving it and
Ash Moran
This is an engrossing story about how Semler turned his father's company from an antiquated, authoritarian business to one based on democracy, fairness, transparency and trust, where change is the only constant. It's full of anecdotes about how conflict and pressure (both internal and external) drove him to abandon most of the received wisdom about how companies should be run.

While I was reading the book I made a list of the changes Semler instigated - forty-three altogether. They range from the
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Maverick is essentially Ricardo Semler's autobiography, about how he transformed the business of Semco, a Brazilian ship-building supplies manufacturer, into a diversified and highly innovative manufacturing and services company. Semler took over as chief execuitve of the company from his father at the beginning of
قصي بن خليفة
كتاب فريد في موضوعه! قد تضعه في خانة السير الذاتية أو خانة المغامرات الواقعية ولكنه ولاشك كتاب ناجح في فن الإدارة
ولكن إذا ظننته كتاباً تتعلم منه نظريات الإدارة والأساليب المتعلقة بذلك ، فسيخيب ظنك لأنك لن تجد تنظيراً أو تقنيات بل تجد شخصاً –ريكاردو سيملر- بذل نفسه ووقته في سبيل فكرته ، وعمل من قلبه ليحقق ما يسميه الديقراطية في العمل. وبذلك خالف ما ورثه عن أبيه الذي أسس الشركة وأدارها بقدرة فنية وإدارية قوية
الديمقراطية في نظر سيملر هي أن يدير الموظفون أنفسهم بأنفسهم لأنه إذا ربحت الشركة ربحوا وإن
A well told and entertaining story of a company evolving new ways of working with the help of it's employees. An inspiration for anyone who wants to innovate.
A profound read

This book exposes the illusion that encapsulates most corporate boardrooms.

While a great and inspiring read, Semler's book leaves you asking many questions. Why are these what seem very basis and simple ideologies not adopted when dealing with human beings not used more frequent?

He does actually give a simple answer and that is fear but most if all ego.

I myself am an motivated young entrepreneur and I'm forever thinking how can I motivate my staff. This book is come at a perfect t
Vimal Gasper
A must read for every entrepreneur and business grads. Inspiring and thought provoking.
oh yeahh it's great
couldn't have picked up at a better time, while i was already being forced to re-evaluate my management style. this wacky Brazilian took everything considered standard practice in the workplace and turned it on its head. procedure manuals - don't need 'em. hours and salaries - let the employees set them. my big take-aways are the importance of true transparency and the commitment to change as the norm. for the first, things like salaries and the true story behind why someone leaves come to mind ...more
A very stimulating & enjoyable book! This is the first business-related book I read and even though I expected it to be somehow tedious, it read like a novel and was pleasantly written. I'd never even heard of Semco or Ricardo Semler before joining this ring and it was very interesting to read about Semler's take on the corporate world. What I found really refreshing here is how the people at Semco reacted when faced with problems and the way they learned from their mistakes & used them ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Ricardo Semler describes his book about his Brazilian company - Semco - as "an invitation." A guide to a business philosophy with one underlying objective: "to make people look forward to coming to work in the morning." Well, yes and no.

Semler explains how he turned Semco from a traditional, pyramid structure organisation in which bosses pass down instructions through multiple layers of management, into a transparent, democratic workplace in which everyone could have a view and was encouraged to
Sep 14, 2007 Partha rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: entrepreneurs who would like to lead ,empower and achieve greater efficiencies
Shelves: leadership
Maverick was a true maverick when he wrote the book way back in 1993..

Even now Ricardo Semler's empowerment and autonomy to his employees/stakeholders in the company is outstanding..
I still haven't come across an organisation which across ranks empowers employees to take a call on their salaries, perks, bonus, allowances, promotions and of course which part of the office they want to sit and work..

the extreme open culture ricardo semler cultivated in his old economy manufacturing company called
Христо Блажев
Рикардо Семлер разказва за своята компания “Семко”, станала обща

Кой ли не ми препоръча тази книга. За немалко време беше и сред бестселърите на “Книга за теб”, макар че издателство “Жанет 45” са далеч по-известни с художествената си литература. Но в крайна сметка мразя да си съставям мнение за заглавие, ако не съм го чел (оставил съм тази дивна предубеденост за вампирските шитове (изключвам трилогията “Напаст”, ест), чиклити и прочие). Затова грабнах “Маверик” и се о
Richard Tod
Fantastic example of the stupidity in using 1700s management styles. Shows how current "Leadership" styles only move the deck chairs on the Titanic. Time to re-think how organisations could be more productive. If you are a manager and have no guts for change DON'T read this book. It will screw your head.
Badarudheen Kunnathodi
It's about the modern day management, which emphasises more democratic way of decision making and execution. Though the author sounds a bit boastful, it's not obnoxious. And almost all of his new age management experiments are run-away success immediately, a bit incredulous.

As for the ease of reading and engagement goes, it a 4/5. It's told like a novel, most part focuses on running of his family business. It's revitalisation of it's sluggish growth and renovation of the industry technology, ar

Невежеството е опасна болест, но повечето хора са късметлии, и никога не разбират това, докато тези от нас, които са имали нещастието да се събудят от дългия, летаргичен сън на ограничеността, сега трябва да се сблъскат с огромни количества съжаление и купища пропуснати хубави книги. Не знам къде съм бил и какво съм правил преди три години, но със сигурност не съм обръщал внимание на книжния пазар у нас, защото иначе щях да забележа "Маверик" - кн
Gabe Mounce
Nov 15, 2007 Gabe Mounce rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is one of my all time favorite books. It's a glimpse at how work life could be for every person on the planet, if only we had enough courageous people stand up to fight for it. What's more is the author's story doesn't just speak to business and working, but to truly living. And he talks from experience having actually implemented the things he talks about. I think his philosophy about work and play is profound and aims toward a more civilized, perhaps even enlightened way of existing. This ...more
Catalina Contoloru
An easy to read book, with good examples on what determined a business man to change his company, to make it a democratic workplace and the impact that had on the business overall. I liked the informal writing style and the small stories about employees.
Laura Scurtu
a very good real life example on how to transform a hierarhical organization to a flat, democratic, lean company. i appreciated the honesty of the author and i liked reading about his failures in trying to achieve that.
Not just rethinking corporate structures... but rethinking everything. Opening your mind to the possibilities that have always been there and not passing it by due to public assumptions. Imagine a work place where you feel like you make a difference. That you are hired for YOU, not just so you can fill a slot. As many other reviews already state, it's got a solution for a democratic work place where you set your own salary and vote for who your boss is.

Ricardo Semler learned that it's not just a
Rebecca eley
It made me want to make Semco! I read this on the back of reading Drive by Daniel Pink and really like the thinking behind the management style
Susanne Jäger
One of the best books I have read about management so far. Ricardo Semler truly shows the importance of organisational culture and why everyone is good at their job if you let them
Renato Willi
Great thoughts about managing business and people. He brings some really innovative philosophies.
So far the only business book I read which talks about serious things not too seriously, making it seem almost unreal. The beauty of the book lies in its honesty. What people might call as "frills" this management style might appear like one frilly methodology, but unless one doesn't truly experiments one wouldn't know.

Towards the latter half I did feel that Semler went a little too persuasive, which makes you doubt the intention. Nonetheless, for long it has been a celebrated book and it's cer
Joost Puite
Ricardo Semler has this crazy idea that companies should perform better if choices are made in a democratic manner. Workers at his company Semco set their own salaries (and these are made public), people can decide what to wear and when to work, bosses are evaluated by their team members and bureaucracy is limited. For conventional companies this sounds like a radical system that could never work, but In Maverick Semler explains how big a success his approach has been up till writing this book. ...more
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