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Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual

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A provocative work that challenges the traditional and widely accepted principles of business management — and proves that they are outdated, outmoded, or simply don’t work

Do open floor plans really work? Are there companies that put their employees’ welfare first, and their clients second? Are annual performance reviews necessary?    Dr. David Burkus is a highly regarded
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 15th 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Louis Prosperi
Dec 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Looking for "new" management ideas for the 21st century? If so, this book is for you!

Under New Management explores a number of uncommon and "radical" and new business/management ideas, describing not only how they are currently in practice at various companies, but also how business owners and managers can apply the ideas to their own work places.

The book starts with a short history of Fredrick Taylor's promotion of "scientific management" and the significant impact it had on business in the 20t
Jewel Miller
Feb 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book focuses on turning several long-standing business best practices right on their head. It is a great reminder that just because something "works", it doesn't mean it is the best option. ...more
Joseph McGarry
May 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business
I've been on both sides of the management coin. I've been in management, and I've been managed. I have an idea of what works for me and what doesn't. In this book, David Burkus shows that many of the management practices that were developed in the early 20th century to manage line workers don't work today. Even some that have evolved over time need to change. He identifies 13 items that need to change. They are:
1. Outlaw Email
2. Put Customers Second
3. Lose the Standard Vacation Policy
4. Pay Peop
Lisa Kosak
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have spent most of my career in the banking world. Professional, rigid, rule abiding, and corporate. I tried to work at smaller banks to avoid the corporate ways and games. Some things have changed over my 20 year banking career – just not enough. Today I work in an open office atmosphere, email rules the day, and there is a bigger focus on team. It just isn’t quite enough.

Under New Management How Leading Organizations are Upending Business as Usual by David Burkus represents my corporate dre
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blinkist
New ideas:
- no schedule for work hours or vacations.
- let employees manage their budget "in the company's best interest".
- open offices with private spaces.
- complete transparency on wages.
- timely on-the-spot constructive feedback, focused on goals and cooperation, rather than annual performance reviews.
Jenn Lofgren
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Every once in a while there is a book that gets you to question norms and rethink some of the actions that we take for granted as best practices. A few years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting author David Burkus in a workshop that explored the Myths of Creativity, his first book, and was hooked on the out of the box thinking that David was bringing to challenge assumptions we hold in business. Since them, I’ve been a fan of his leadership radio podcasts and articles and today I’m excited to be ...more
William "Spig"
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Overall - Fun book to read. I'm actually thinking about reading it again or picking it up in a few months before I start a new leadership position. Either way I highly recommend this book and I'll be looking to read other titles from David Burkus.

I've worked in the stereotypical "factory" where traditions ruled and "it" was "always too hard" to change. This book has inspired me to take a run at the windmill and help gain some traction to get hopefully one more worker engaged. Shoot maybe just my
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Trust, Transparency, and Triumph - Disruptive business for the 21st century
I had the privilege of reading a pre-release copy of the book, and I really liked it. David Burkus has laid out research based ideas that can seem radical, and even impossible, at first glance, but he has drawn on the success of businesses small and large, polling, and research to lay out the beginning steps to real change for the good. The book asks its readers to think about a business world where trust and transparency
John E. Smith
I do not often find a book that is as easy to award Five Stars to as David Burkus' latest title.

The author is an articulate and clear-headed visionary leadersip and management change professional. His analysis of how we have been and how we should be is spot on and very nicely stated. The main point is made clearly and reinforced with a number of examples from the real world workplace that most of us can understand and appreciate.

Dirty LIttle Secret: Burkus is saying the same thing many of us ha
May 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This author provides 13 easy-to-digest chapters, each one highlighting an innovative business management principle. He also provides history & stats for context, solid reasoning for each one's importance, and examples of companies practicing the principle. My favorite ideas that made me cheer >> Ditch Performance Appraisals -- Put Customers Second -- Celebrate Departures -- Fire the Managers -- Hire as a Team -- Take Sabbaticals.

I strongly believe even just ONE of these principles could go a lon
Dave Weiss
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm an artist and a minister so you might wonder why an artist, speaker and minister of the Gospel would take the time to read such a book. It's a straight up business book and it is quite good and very thought provoking. Well as my friend Craig Smith often says, "Sometimes you can take a business book and baptize it for the church." This is just such a book.

What do I mean? Well what do businesses and churches have in common? The primary element of commonality is people. Whether in business or
Mbogo J
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its more of the present century slow attrition of practices borrowed from the industrial era of the twentieth century, the use of emails, annual appraisals, closed/open plan offices...

David Burkus endeavored in this book to put forward new ideas and ways which organisations are using to change the way they do business. Some were radical, some were self evident but all looked into individually were good ideas. He even quoted studies that tested the ideas giving them a solid footing. Any business
Wally Bock
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the five best books I read in 2016

The science-fiction writer William Gibson says that the future is already here, it’s just unevenly distributed. Someone is already doing things that will be common in the future. You used to have to hunt for those people. Well, you don’t have to hunt anymore.

David Burkus gives you a book-load of examples of innovative things real companies are already doing today. You probably won’t adopt everything that’s here. Heck, you may not even agree with some of i
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book is a collection of examples and stories of innovative business practices such as having limitless vacation time, firing managers. It is easy to read and you get through the book rather quickly.

It doesnt aim to be a fancy or complex book, just one idea a chapter and you could pick and choose if you’re interested in a topic.

Fundamentally, organisations have practised some of these at some level but to take it one step further and introduce widespread structural change remains too wide a
Monique Abbett
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was so inspirational. As I just gave notice and am actively searching for the next ‘fit’ for a workplace environment, reading Burkus’ exhaustive study of disruptive trends in management that are effective and delivering what they aim to - happier and more productive work lives for org’s most important asset - its people - has given me clearer direction on what that fit might look like. I recommend this for anyone in HR or management, or who just wants to better understand the value of ...more
Ashik Uzzaman
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: leadership
I liked very much the 13 radical new management ideas covered in the book even though I am not on-board with all of those -

1) Outlaw Email
2) Put Customers Second
3) Lose the Standard Vacation Policy
4) Pay People to Quit
5) Make Salaries Transparent
6) Ban Non-competes
7) Ditch Performance Appraisals
8) Hire as a Team
9) Write the Org Chart in Pencil
10) Close the Open Offices
11) Take Sabbaticals
12) Fire the Managers
13 Celebrate Departures
Robins Varghese
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
David Burkus has done much research into areas where Orgs can re-look and rethink specifically around the different processes that need to change and approaches that need to be adopted to ensure the human resource element of a corporation is engaged to maximize efficiency , productivity and satisfaction.

Limiting time spent on Emails is something i do practice diligently and has shown significant improvement in my efforts spend on 'Deep work'.
Lindsey Petker
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am happy that I have found a book that details what I have believed since I began working. Dr. Burkus lays out an easy to read argument as to why we should consider revamping the way we approach management. I appreciate the realistic examples of how companies have made the turn-around and it has reflected in their retention and profits. If someone is open to new ideas or ideas that have been around but compiled in one spot for clarity, they should buy and read this book!
Mark Nichols
Not the best. Some good ideas, but very hit-and-miss in terms of applicability to my context. Still, it's always good to be exposed to different ways of managing and leading. "[Un]structure for trust" seems a handy summary for many chapters, "get and keep the right people" might be another. I'm not certain of many of the techniques in the context I'm in, even though the chapters indicate strong support in others. ...more
Darren Chuah
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
It’s worth reading merely on the wide arrays of companies and broad spectrum of industries covered in this book. Suddenly many of the radical, counter intuitive & modern management concepts made sense, backed by empirical evidence and researches. I’m very eager to put some of these into practice in my own context.
Hans De Leenheer
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: business
Pretty generic book on modern ways of constructing a business. Not too much surprising information, rather confirming existing knowledge. From no-holiday to debunking open office to horizontal structures. how to change email habits, etcetera, etcetera. It read more as a "here are 7 ways to modernize your organisation" rather than outlaying an out of the box thinking methodology. ...more
Scott Cunningham
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book covers several recommendations for challenging traditional management practices. Some of these are quite accessible, while others require a significant cultural shift to accomplish. With that being said, it is a reasonable selection of new ideas, but most will not find all of them useful.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found this easy to read, which is great for a book on management. It was direct, concise, well researched, and presented interesting and innovative ideas for getting the most out of your work force. Now to go and try some of those out!
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A must read for all business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Sasha Boersma
Love this book! The ideas aren’t necessarily new, but to have them all in one place with great case studies attached makes it an easy reference.
Oct 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many great ideas to upend business as usual-- mini-sabbaticals, pre-cations, pay to quit...
Brevin BB
Jul 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Highly recommend if you are an employee of an organization. Recommend even more if you are employee with employees.
John Anderson
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: business
Same "New" Managment thinking. Autonomy, freedom, no rules... ...more
Justin Kimball
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, non-fiction
This was a good management book that provided decent research examples to show better alternatives to popular management practices.
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
David Burkus, in the afterword to his great book Under New Management: How Leading Organizations Are Upending Business as Usual, shares this quote from one of his interviewees: "Great leaders don't innovate the product, they innovate the factory!" And although this is definitely one of the traits shared by the leaders David profiled, I believe there is another, more critical underlying theme: trust.

David has outlined various practices that need to be upended in the new age of "knowledge workers"
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David Burkus is assistant professor of management at the College of Business at Oral Roberts University, where he teaches courses on creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and organizational behavior. He is the founder and editor of LDRLB, an online publication that shares insights from research on leadership, innovation, and strategy. His work has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg BusinessWee ...more

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