This might be considered a book reveiw almost, albeit I don’t go in for a lot of review. Rather I will simply recommend you look this book up and read it. It tells you as simply as anything will, about what is wrong with what we do at the moment, not just in a narrow business contextual sense, but also about how we structure life, work and society. And yet that isn’t what the book is specifically about either.
“Maverick” is about Ricardo Semler, who inherited his fathers company and then set about transforming it. As I said, I won’t try to review it or speak for him. Seriously – read it for yourself, it is definitely worth the effort. A main point to take away from it is that a lot of what you might initially find counter-intuitive is in the end the best and only option to achieving sustainable success.
Even more, as I read this book, the structures, systems and procedures Ricardo was outlining struck me as the being even more relevant and necessary for the public sector that they are for the private sector. The problems of inefficiency and bureaucracy that cripple institutions of the State must be addressed or they face eventual collapse.
Finally here is a the blueprint for a pathway out of our current dead-end trap, here is how we start to break away from the status quo. How we can treat people with respect and at the same time increase efficiency and effectiveness.
If you have ever asked, “what can I do…” then the answer may be – start by reading this book. And then think about how we can join together to get this sort of thinking accepted and implimented – because something has to change, and better that we have a plan than that we don’t.
Yes this book is Revolutionary, which is why I like it – but it is revolutionary (small”r”) in the best possible sense. It is about doing away with the secrets and lies and bullshit and being accountable – and respecting people at the same time.
For a good quick synopsis, follow the U-tube link below
Or just google “Semco”