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Monday, January 30, 2006

Seven-Day Weekend

I got this post from my international friend, Marc VanDerwood....Looks like a dynamite bookThe seven-day weekend
Sometimes you read a book that makes you jump up and down on almost every page, because it's provocative, insightful and inspiring. 'The Seven-Day Weekend. Changing the way work works' by Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Semler is one of those books. If you ever wondered whether it's possible to run a company of 3,000 workers organically, and apply organic principles to business, government and organisations, then this is a must-read. Talking about reformation in the workplace - Semler did it and is still doing it after more than 25 years. "But," he says, "there's only one minor issue - you have to give up control."
Just imagine a company where people are empowered to schedule their own working days, choose their own job, make their own business cards, and even decide on their own salary. Utopia? Not really. It's common-sense for people who think and live outside the box. Semler is a catalyst, he broaches weird ideas and aks dumb questions that force you to foundationally rethink what you're doing. Like: Why does a workweek have five days? Why does a weekend have two days? Why nine-to-five? Why have an office? Why have employees? Why have rules? Why grow at all? Why not shrink? Why is money so important? Why not make attending meetings optional? Why have a permanent CEO?
There's not one hidden success factor in 'The Seven-Day Weekend'. Semler applies organic thinking to every aspect of business and leadership. One application is that business units never exceed the size of an average house church. Semler: "If you organize employees into groups of ten people, these clusters can be counted on to monitor and manage themselves. It's a question of respecting the basic atomic structure of a nuclear family." Don't tarry one more day - get your own copy of this book, you wont' regret it one second.


At Monday, January 30, 2006 9:52:00 PM, Blogger Craig Cunningham said...

Interesting. I spend about 7 hours a week in the office, and find short phone calls, and late night e-mails more productive than most meetings. Of coarse, bringing in the business through sales gives me more control, as long as I bring in the business.



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