The Seven-Day Weekend ペーパーバック – 2004/2/5
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In The Seven-Day Weekend, Semler explains how he transformed a small family business into a highly profitable manufacturing, services and high-tech powerhouse - 40 times larger - while watching his favorite movies or relaxing with his son in the middle of the business day. Praise for The Seven-Day Weekend'Are there real-life lessons to be learned? The answer is yes-Pragmatic, inspirational and intriguing advice' The Times'Ricardo Semler is our kind of capitalist.' Guardian'In this book, Ricardo Semler tells how Semco, Latin America's fastest growing company, uses a revolutionary way of working to run a profit making company with a work force who love their jobs.' The Sunday Times'The Seven-Day Weekend challenges conventional approaches to work. It sparks ideas that can be applied to one's own business [and] will certainly encourage managers to look very carefully at their management practices.' Rocco Forte, Management TodayPraise for Ricardo Semler's Maverick!'Semco takes workplace democracy to previously unimagined frontiers' The Times'His egalitarian approach works like a dream' Today
"Ricardo Semler tells how Semco uses a revolutionary way of working to run a profit making company with a work force who love their jobs" (The Sunday Times)
"The Seven-Day Weekend will certainly encourage managers to look very carefully at their management practices" (Rocco Forte Management Today)
"Ricardo Semler is our kind of capitalist" (The Guardian)
The author shows time and time again through many examples that democracy is the way to go in any organization(NGOs, company or your local pharmacy).
The democratic way of ruling a corporation(Semco as the book’s example) gives voice to many different involved parties who otherwise just wouldn't get noticed even if they held the right answer. I believe that most companies wouldn’t want to go down this way because it would mean relinquishing abnormal amounts of power that managers and executives hold, and as they make all the calls, why would they want to change the system?
I used to work at an H&M store a few years ago, now I see that I’m not crazy for thinking that it’s nonsense to ask for permission before doing anything, even going to the bathroom.