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

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Arrow, 2001 - Businesspeople - 336 pages
"The international bestseller that tells how Semler tore up the rule books - and defied inflation running at up to 900% per year! ---Workers make the 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 office walls torn down --Shopfloor workers set their own productivity targets and schedules Results --- Semco, the company owned by Ricardo Semler, is one of Latin America's fastest growing companies, acknowledged to be the best in Brazil to work for, and with a waiting list of thousands of applicants hoping to join it! An admittedly peculiar company with a new way of running an organization. It is neither socialist nor capitalist, but has invented a new way, a third way. A more humane, trusting, productive, exhilarating, and in every sense, rewarding way."

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One of the most remarkable tales of gutsy leadership. Semler cuts the layers, empowers the people and enjoys the fruits - financial success and a light leadership load. Read full review

Maverick: the success story behind the world's most unusual workplace

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First published in Brazil in 1988 as Turning the Tables , this book was the all-time best-selling nonfiction book in Brazil's history. Semler, the 34-year-old CEO, or "counselor,'' of Semco, a ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Ricardo Semler took over his father's company, Semco (founded in 1954), at the age of 19. Not only did he turn the company round, he made it an outstanding success. On the brink of bankruptcy in 1980, Semco achieved revenues of $34 million in 1993 - and $160 million in 2000. Semler threw out the rule book- for example, workers make their own decisions; every corporate decision is put to the vote; people turn up to the meetings they want to be at. It sounds insane- but it works.

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