Up the Organization
How to Stop the Corporation From Stifling People and Strangling ProfitsBook - 2007
Although it was first published more than thirty-five years ago, Up the Organization continues to top the lists of best business books by groups as diverse as the American Management Association, Strategy + Business (Booz Allen Hamilton), and The Wharton Center for Leadership and Change Management. 1-800-CEO-READ ranks Townsend’s bestseller first among eighty books that “every manager must read.”
This commemorative edition offers a new generation the benefit of Robert Townsend’s timeless wisdom as well as reflections on his work and life by those who knew and worked with him. This groundbreaking book continues to remind us not to get mired in all those sacred organizational routines that stifle people and strangle both profits and profitability. He shows a way to humanize business and a way to have fun while making it all work better than it ever worked before.
Baker & Taylor
A commemorative edition of the classic guide to business leadership, first published in 1970, is accompanied by a previously unpublished essay by the late author on leadership, tributes to the author by close friends and colleagues, and reflections on the influence of the book on modern-day business practices.
He had the right idea, and he was the real thing. To these blissfully compatible characteristics Townsend added a third: taking responsibility for one's actions. The result was a milestone in American business publishing, a cheeky and irreverent volume written by someone who could be seen as looking askance at all he had done. However, as this new version of the classic of 35 years ago shows, Townsend's experience as a former banker who resuscitated Avis and brought several other major firms into the good light also taught him a certain modesty and the ability to tell when business started and stopped being fun. This version retains the original format and includes commentary by some of those who knew him best. The result should be on every business bookshelf right next to the tattered copy of the original. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)