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The Seven-Day Weekend: Changing the Way Work Works

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Publisher Comments:

Ricardo Semler thinks that companies ought to put employee freedom and satisfaction ahead of corporate goals.

 

Imagine a company where employees set their own hours; where there are no offices, no job titles, no business plans; where employees get to endorse or veto any new venture; where kids are encouraged to run the halls; and where the CEO lets other people make nearly all the decisions. This company—Semco—actually exists, and despite a seeming recipe for chaos, its revenues have grown from $35 million to $160 million in the last six years. It has virtually no staff turnover, and there are no signs that its growth will stop any time soon.

 

How did Semco become wildly successful despite breaking many of the commonly accepted laws of business? In The Seven-Day Weekend, Ricardo Semler shows that for those willing to take a chance, there is a better way to run a workplace. He explains how the technology that was supposed to make life easier—laptops, cell phones, e-mail, pagers—has in fact stolen free time and destroyed the traditional nine-to-five workday. But this can be a good thing—if you have the freedom to get your job done on your own terms and to blend your work life and personal life with enthusiasm and creative energy. Smart bosses will eventually realize that you might be most productive if you work on Sunday afternoon, play golf on Monday morning, go to a movie on Tuesday afternoon, and watch your child play soccer on Thursday.

 

This is a radical book that will challenge the business world to make the seven-day weekend a reality.

Review:

"Semler, the Brazil-based CEO of Semco, believes corporations and employees can become successful by bucking tradition and thinking wildly outside the box. He attempts to explain Semco's success (a company with $212 million in annual revenue and 'no official structure? no organizational chart? no business plan or company strategy') and how its principles can be applied in other companies to make working environments more appealing and opportunities for growth and achievement limitless. Nine chapters (one for each day of the week, as well as one for 'Any Day' and one for 'Every Day') explore the ways in which the traditional workweek stifles creativity and fosters distaste for working days. But Semler also looks at how to shake things up. The Wednesday chapter leads off with the following to-do list: attend a board of director's meeting; dump a deal rather than pay a bribe; tell the company it sucks. While Semler's ideas often seem counter-intuitive, the idea is not to provide specific guidelines but rather to encourage readers to view their organization and professional lives in a new way. The book's premise is promising, but the actual steps to achieving a seven-day weekend still seem unattainable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Synopsis:

In "The Seven-Day Weekend," Semler shows that for those willing to take a chance, there is a better way to run a workplace.

Synopsis:

"Riveting . . . unique."--Chicago Tribune

About the Author

Ricardo Semler has been CEO of Brazil-based Semco for the last two decades. He is known around the globe for championing his employee-friendly management style. His first book, Maverick, was an international bestseller.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS v

FOREWARNING viii

1 Any Day 1

2 Sunday 21

3 Monday 39

4 Tuesday 65

5 Wednesday 87

6 Thursday 111

7 Friday 141

8 Saturday 173

9 Every Day 203

INDEX 239

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591840268
Subtitle:
Changing the Way Work Works
Publisher:
Portfolio Hardcover
Author:
Semler, Ricardo
Location:
New York
Subject:
Industrial Management
Subject:
Structural Adjustment
Subject:
Organizational change
Subject:
Employee empowerment
Subject:
Industrial equipment industry.
Subject:
Management - General
Subject:
Accounting - General
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
89
Publication Date:
20040503
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.58x5.86x1.10 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Portfolio Hardcover - English 9781591840268 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Semler, the Brazil-based CEO of Semco, believes corporations and employees can become successful by bucking tradition and thinking wildly outside the box. He attempts to explain Semco's success (a company with $212 million in annual revenue and 'no official structure? no organizational chart? no business plan or company strategy') and how its principles can be applied in other companies to make working environments more appealing and opportunities for growth and achievement limitless. Nine chapters (one for each day of the week, as well as one for 'Any Day' and one for 'Every Day') explore the ways in which the traditional workweek stifles creativity and fosters distaste for working days. But Semler also looks at how to shake things up. The Wednesday chapter leads off with the following to-do list: attend a board of director's meeting; dump a deal rather than pay a bribe; tell the company it sucks. While Semler's ideas often seem counter-intuitive, the idea is not to provide specific guidelines but rather to encourage readers to view their organization and professional lives in a new way. The book's premise is promising, but the actual steps to achieving a seven-day weekend still seem unattainable." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , In "The Seven-Day Weekend," Semler shows that for those willing to take a chance, there is a better way to run a workplace.
"Synopsis" by , "Riveting . . . unique."--Chicago Tribune
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