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Maverick: Book review

My colleagues Frankie and Danilo have been recommending ‘Maverick’ to me for a long time and I finally got around to reading it.

In this book Ricardo Semler, the CEO of Semco, tells the story of the company and how he helped evolved the organisation into one which is more employee led and embraces ideas such as open & self set salaries while encouraging civil obedience in the workforce as a necessity to alert the organisation to its problems.

These were some of the ideas that I found the most interesting:

Towards the end of the book Semler suggests that his goal with Semco was to ‘make people look forward to coming to work in the morning’ which seems like quite a noble objective!

I found it quite interesting that although a lot of these ideas seem a bit radical, they made sense in Semco’s context because they were introduced incrementally and only after some other ideas had been introduced which helped smooth the way.

It’s certainly an interesting read and the ideas expressed at quite different than what is typical in most organisations.

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