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Publisher's Summary

Although it was first published more than 35 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 best seller first among 80 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 has ever worked before.

©2007 Robert Townsend (P)2009 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Townsend shouldn't just be read, he should be memorized." (Tom Peters)
"The sagest (and even most outrageous) book ever written about how business should be run." ( Harper's)

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A must read for everyone in a leadership position!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. In fact, I have already recommended the book to friends of mine who are interested in learning more about leadership.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the honesty and frankness of the book and the leadership and management lessons which may seem counter intuitive to many.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's an enjoyable read that will make you laugh at times.

Any additional comments?

This should be mandatory reading for anyone in or aspiring to be in a business leadership position.

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Out of date

Much of the info is no longer relevant and the advice that is relevant is underwhelming.

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must listen for any corporate leader/antiarchists

loved the book, loved the approach, now the question...Is my organization already to big to apply these ideas? I hope not.

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  • STL
  • 05-06-18

Classic

Townsend was ahead of his time.. putting people first in business, and how to make it a competitive advantage.. side note - some of the word choice seems very dated now..

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Insightful and funny.

Even though I do not agree with everything the respect author has written, the book a great overview of some basic principles. I liked the narration, also.

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Wow, so many great nuggets of truth, true gold

This is true gold. Timeless wisdom for leading, coaching, directing, managing, and just plain living well.

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exceptional!

Amazing lessons still valid after all these years. the more things change the more they stay the same.

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BAM! You Can't Handle The Truth!

Loved It! This classic is timeless. It applies to current day realities. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Robert
  • Sammamish, WA, United States
  • 06-10-16

Excellent and enduring.

This is one of those must read books that... You must read. The principles are as true today as they were when the book was written.

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  • Nicky C
  • 07-25-18

superb book with a refreshing angle.

I absolutely and thoroughly enjoyed this book. Townend's inspiring approach to leadership is wonderful, and given he was behaving like this in the 60's he was evidently ahead of his time. We could certAinly do with more of the same. Anyone involved in leadership or aspiring to be a leader should take note from this book, it is absolutely the right approach.

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  • Michael Hornsey
  • 06-20-18

Even it's title is negative

The whole book is anti and negative, rather than having a positive spin. It has biased and narrow minded.

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