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Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits (1970)

by Robert Townsend

Other authors: Warren Bennis (Foreword)

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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.… (more)
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I was happy I chose this. He is a role model for professional business. things would be much smoother if people followed his tenets ( )
  jenniebooks | Oct 27, 2018 |
Excellent little book on leading and managing. The timeless ideas apply today, although the version I read retained many of the terms and says that are considered sexist and racist now. Even though some of the topics are dated (steno pools and operators?), the ideas remain useful. ( )
  bongiovi | Feb 6, 2010 |
Management, Townsend R
  LOM-Lausanne | Mar 12, 2020 |
Author Steve Lance has chosen to discuss Robert Townsend's Up The Organization, on  FiveBookson his list of five books that explain the future of Advertising, saying that:

“At the beginning of my career Up the Organization was hugely influential to me because it told me that you could be part of an organization and still be a maverick within the organization. What Robert Townsend preached was how to break the rules and still fit in.”.

The full interview is available here: http://thebrowser.com/books/interviews/steve-lance ( )
  FiveBooks | Mar 2, 2010 |
MANAGEMENT
  equalexchange | Jul 17, 2007 |
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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.

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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.
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