Maverick: The Success Story Behind the World's Most Unusual Workshop
- 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
While I was reading the book I made a list of the changes Semler instigated - forty-three altogether. They range from the ...more
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 ...more
Democracy has yet to penetrate the workplace. Directors and despots are alive and well in offices and factories all over the world.
Most companies and employees accept this as immutable. But we didn't believe Semco had to perpetuate a system in which a person is hired who impresses his future boss but does not have the respect of his subordinates. Nor did we understand why we should keep a supervisor who wasn't ...more
I've been very fortunate to have had a series of bosses who, like Ricardo, wouldn't solve my problems - they'd keep throwing the ball back in my cour ...more
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...more
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 ...more
In 1980 at the age of 21, Ricardo Semler took over his father's business. He began by getting rid of most of upper management to reduce the bureaucracy of the company. He believed in the innate desire for people to have control over their lives and their work and do a good job. Through trial and error, the company began to change its relationship with employees,their products, and even the unions. He inc ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Ricardo Semler learned that it's not just a ...more