Up the Organization: How to Stop the Corporation from Stifling People and Strangling Profits, Commemorative Edition
May 2007, Jossey-Bass
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.
Contents, Commemorative Edition v
Publisher's Note xi
Robert Townsend's Cure for Management Heartburn xiii
How Robert Townsend Talked Me out of Getting an MBA xvii
Up the Publisher: On Editing Robert Townsend xxii
Contents,Original Edition xxxi
Up the Organization, Original Edition 1
Appendix A:Townsend's Third Degree in Leadership 161
Appendix B: No Reserved Parking:The Guerrilla Life of Robert Townsend 170
Robert Townsend Jr.
"The sagest (and even most outrageous) book ever written about how business should be run."
"Bob Townsend's words still ring true, truer than they seemed almost 40 years ago."
"Robert Townsend's book continues to light up the business world with straightforward and practical management advice that is as pertinent today as when originally published. A must-read for all managers!"
—Ray Davis, president and CEO, Umpqua Holdings Corporation
"Townsend proves that the best business wisdom is timeless. In an era filled with business buzzwords and ethical misdirections, Townsend's bluntness makes for refreshing and hilarious reading for the next crop of CEOs."
—Ben Casnocha, chairman, Comcate, Inc., author, My Start-Up Life