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Up the Organization

Narrated by: Robert Blumenfeld
Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
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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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  • David Cockburn
  • 23-11-17

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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  • Mickey Mouse
  • 14-02-20

Genius

I admired Townsend’s groundbreaking belief empowered line managers plus Theory Y are keys to an organization’s success. Anyone in an organization should read/hear it. It’s helped me focus my Protect Kids training products where they belong—on line management.

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  • Bernard F. Heaverly 111
  • 13-02-20

This might be my favorite book

I think every person owes it to themselves to give this a listen, business person or not.

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  • Moe Asaad
  • 02-12-19

Outdated

The book is outdated and impractical. I would not recommend it especially for new managers or leaders

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  • derazz
  • 24-10-19

Useful tips from a man's philosophy on leadership

Useful tips from a man's philosophy on leadership .
many useful concepts and nuggets:
• Ready-fire-aim.
• Eliminating peoples excuses for doing lousy work such as : I am underpaid, I am under-titled, or we dont have the right type of talent or title .
• Picking your fight: To Fight the "Them" and "Us" lines that separates people in a company.

Reading this book was inspired by watching this TedTalk YouTube video on leadership.

Understanding the difference between management and leadership is critical:

[ https://youtu.be/UQrPVmcgJJk ]

I found this book useful and informative, it confirmed certain beliefs I have held and provided a certain framework of principle to understanding how to practise leadership.

I would recommend you read this book if you are on your journey to formulating your own philosophy / pradigm-shift on leadership and o how to lead.

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  • mcgeesiding
  • 20-10-19

Leadership Content More Pertinent Than Ever!

In today's unrealistic "politically correct" environment, it's refreshing to read/hear how reality was lived in past generations. This message is absolutely pertinent in today's business cultures!

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  • Jonathan Cobb
  • 20-07-19

Unbearable

This book is one long rang criticizing everyone and everything Robert Townsend experienced in his career. It’s choppy, arrogant, and generally bad advice. Don’t waste your time.

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  • Lisa Rose
  • 05-07-19

worth listening to

There were some parts that made me think. I never had bad experiences with admin work when I was young. When he talked about how common it was for admins to be expected to be baristas, and how they were not utilized as skilled professionals, it made me realize that I had just been fortunate. I was never asked to make a phone call for a manager or organize their schedule for them. That is crazy. If a manager can't even manage to make a phone call or manage his own schedule, that's a problem. I'm glad that he was one of the people who made my positive experience as a young admin possible. Now it seems like companies are going back in the direction of crazy unskilled managers who are on a creepy narcissistic ego trip. I wish more CEOs would listen to this.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-04-19

Good info

Good info and management strategies. However, the harsh language in some of the cases cited in the book are in my opinion not the best way of addressing people or exercising Authority

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  • AFKuskys
  • 02-04-19

A must read for aspiring leaders.

A must read for aspiring leaders. I wish I had heard of this book sooner. funny and very well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-11-19

radical

A very different view to management. I liked some of the radical suggestions made by the author. I however didn't like the disjointed manner the book was presented. Sounded like there was a number of paragraphs wererepeated and the reading didn't flow well.

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  • Nicky C
  • 25-07-18

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
  • 20-06-18

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.